Many schools across the America are as segregated as they have ever been or have re-segregated over the years since the the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education in 1952.
When it was time for her daughter, Najya, to attend kindergarten, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones decided to send her to the public school near their home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn—a decision she wrote about in The New York Times Magazine.
“The original mission of public schools… is this understanding that no matter where you come from… every child will receive the same education,” Hannah-Jones told Fresh Air’s Terry Gross.
Hannah-Jones has no doubt that Najya is learning important lessons in her new school, particularly about people who have may have less resources than she has—namely that they are no less intelligent or worthy.
Here, she speaks to Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about her decision, systemic segregation and why it’s so important for students from different races and income levels to learn together in the public schools.