Education: Getting It Together: The Young Blacks

OF all the common interests that black and white Americans share, perhaps the strongest is a mutual faith in education as salvation. In the TIME-Louis Harris poll, 97% of the young blacks interviewed planned to finish high school, and 67% expect to go to college. "Get an education," an elderly black woman tells her grandson. "That's the one thing they can never take away from you."

Despite that faith, the U.S. has patently failed to provide millions of young blacks with anything approaching equal education. Much of the white South still defends de jure...

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