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The Urban Review

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 135–158 | Cite as

Desegregation and the Historically Black High School: The Establishment of Howard W. Blake in Tampa, Florida

  • Barbara J. Shircliffe
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Abstract

This article examines a grassroots movement among African-Americans to reestablish Howard W. Blake High School, named for a historically black high school closed during the desegregation process in Tampa, Florida. The establishment of Blake High School was contentious, involving negotiations by multiple and conflicting interests—school officials, black leaders, alumni of the historically black high schools that had existed prior to desegregation, the federal judge overseeing the 1971 desegregation order, and civil rights leaders. Analyzing the debates over Blake's status as a magnet, its location, and its attendance zone, this article highlights the paradox of desegregation for African-American communities in Tampa. This case reveals the tension between the desire for community schooling and the consequences of resegregation.

desegregation community schools African-American education 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara J. Shircliffe
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  1. 1.Department of Psychological and Social FoundationsUniversity of South FloridaTampa

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