70 years after Brown v. Board of Education, many schools remain segregated: Data analysis

In Chicago and Houston, nearly half of white students attend private schools.

By Talisa TreviñoJared KofskyMaia Rosenfeld , and Mark Nichols, ABC News

In the Mississippi Delta, farms, wildlife refuges and churches dot the landscape alongside the Magnolia State’s country highways.

In some ways, the region looks on the surface in 2024 as it did in 1954. Yet a quick drive reveals that even though the area’s population has long been on the decline, something in the Delta has increased over the last seven decades – the number of private schools.

In Tunica, a private school opened its doors in 1964. The next year, Deer Creek School opened in the former white-only Arcola Public School that had been consolidated with Hollandale. Today, 96% of Deer Creek’s students are white, even though the school-aged children living in its neighborhood are majority-non-white.

Indianola Academy also opened in 1965. Today, Black students make up less than nine percent of the private school’s student body, but nearly two-thirds of school-aged children in the surrounding neighborhood are Black. Read more