Dr. Casey D. Nichols is a specialist in African American history, with particular attention to twentieth century America, urban history, the American west, and comparative studies in race and ethnicity. Dr. Nichols holds a PhD in history from Stanford University. Her doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between African Americans and Mexican Americans in Los Angeles, paying close attention to how antipoverty policy became a battleground for black/brown relations starting in the 1960s.
In 1954, the United States Supreme Court declared public school segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education. One year later, the Court reiterated its ruling, calling on school districts throughout the United States to desegregate their public schools “with all deliberate speed.” While some school districts began developing … Read MoreLittle Rock Crisis, 1957