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'School desegregation and disintegration of American Dream' topic of 'Black History' lecture


Sonya Douglass Horsford will speak on school desegregation and the disintegration of the American Dream Feb. 28.

  • January 11, 2012

Sonya Douglass Horsford, a senior resident scholar at the Lincy Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will deliver this year’s Cal State East Bay Carter G. Woodson Lecture in Black History on, “Learning in a Burning House: School Desegregation and the Disintegration of the American Dream.”

The presentation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in room 311 of the Old University Union, Room 311, on CSUEB's Hayward Campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Horsford is traveling to the Bay Area to work with school instructors participating in the Words That Made America 3 project, part of the CSUEB History Department's partnership with Alameda County Office of Education. 

Her presentation is sponsored by the History and Ethnic Studies departments; CSUEB's College of Education and Allied Studies; and the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Horsford will examine the complex legacy of school desegregation and its implications for educational opportunity, resources, and achievement by race. 

Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s belief that advocates for integration were “integrating into a burning house,” Horsford will explore how the politics of race and growing wealth inequality have undermined efforts to advance educational equity and equality in the post-civil rights era.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Horsford will be able to join us on campus at this year's Carter G. Woodson Lecturer in Black History, and that the CEAS has so generously co-sponsored her visit," said Dee Andrews, CSUEB professor of history, and the event organizer. "Anyone who cares about the future of American education, especially students, will want to hear what she has to say.”

Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to study African American history, and was a founder of what is now “The Journal of African-American History.”

For information on the lecture, contact Andrews at (510) 885-3207 or

Cal State East Bay welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please call (510) 885-3207 well in advance if accommodation is needed. Campus parking is $2 per hour at metered spaces and in pay lots.

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