desegregation http://wrkf.org en First Bell: In a Time of Racial Tension, Quarterback's Team Wasn't With Him http://wrkf.org/post/first-bell-time-racial-tension-quarterbacks-team-wasnt-him <p></p><p></p><p><strong><em>The&nbsp;</em>First Bell&nbsp;<em>series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:amy@wrkf.org?subject=First%20Bell">amy@wrkf.org</a>&nbsp;<strong>with "My First Bell" in the subject line&nbsp;</strong>or tweet with the hashtag&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MyFirstBell&amp;src=hash" target="_blank">#MyFirstBell</a>.</em></strong></p><p>__________</p><p><br />Eric Reed was the first black quarterback at his elementary, middle, and high school when the Baton Rouge public schools were being integrated.</p><p>Epithets were used against him more than once.<br /><br />Reed’s junior year at predominantly white Istrouma High School, 1974, was a turning point. The night after a race riot at the school, the football team played the last game of the regular season against all-black McKinley.<br /><br />“Anytime Istrouma played McKinley, I happened to be the target of a lot of trash talk, because I’m the one who didn’t go to McKinley or Capitol, I chose to go to Istrouma, so I was -- the term they used back then -- the ‘oreo’, you know, I sold out.”<br /><br />Both teams needed the win to get to the playoffs, but Reed says he didn’t have the usual fire in his belly. Istrouma lost 7 to 6.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:54:54 +0000 Amy Jeffries 25466 at http://wrkf.org First Bell: In a Time of Racial Tension, Quarterback's Team Wasn't With Him Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress http://wrkf.org/post/nearly-six-decades-later-integration-remains-work-progress A federal judge in Little Rock, Ark., approved a settlement today that ends decades of litigation over school desegregation there.<strong> </strong><p>The city was one of the first tests of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em>, when President Eisenhower sent federal troops to integrate Central High School in 1957.<p>Just about anyone you speak to about the Little Rock desegregation case says it's time for the contentious and ongoing litigation to be over. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:31:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 21249 at http://wrkf.org Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock http://wrkf.org/post/decades-later-desegregation-still-docket-little-rock In Little Rock, Ark., on Monday, a federal judge is considering a deal that would end one of the longest-running and most notorious school desegregation cases in the country. The state, its largest school districts and lawyers representing black students have agreed to settle a complex lawsuit over unequal education.<p>Little Rock has long been the symbol of the South's violent reaction to <em>Brown v. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:07:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 21202 at http://wrkf.org Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock Memoir Traces Spiral into Racial Violence Amid Baton Rouge Desegregation Fight http://wrkf.org/post/memoir-traces-spiral-racial-violence-amid-baton-rouge-desegregation-fight <p>Tim Parrish says his memoir, <em><a href="http://timparrishauthor.com/index.php/books/fear-and-what-follows" target="_blank">Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist</a></em>, is not a book he wanted to write. He dreaded reckoning with the racial violence of his adolescence in Baton Rouge in the 1960s and 1970s.<br /><br />An explosion rattled his kitchen windows when a city pool nearby was blown up after it was integrated. As a teenager, Parrish took part in street fights and race riots at his school &ndash; Istrouma High.<br /><br />Parrish traces the roots of his own bigotry to his family and their Baptist congregation.<br /> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:39:44 +0000 Amy Jeffries 17368 at http://wrkf.org Memoir Traces Spiral into Racial Violence Amid Baton Rouge Desegregation Fight