School Desegregation in New Castle County, Delaware
A lawsuit filed in 1971 in the U.S. District Court of Delaware renewed litigation for school desegregation in Delaware’s northern New Castle County. Five black parents residing in the city of Wilmington petitioned the federal court to grant the Constitutional rights of their children (and those similarly situated) to an equal educational opportunity. At that time, the plaintiffs sought a remedy that would portion sections of the city district with the contiguous suburban school districts. Following several years of judicial hearings, the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs’ petition, but fashioned a remedy that grouped the bulk of the county into a single school district, thus ordering the nation’s first metropolitan school desegregation remedy.1
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