Some of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dreams Have Yet to Be Realized

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While segregated public schools are legally prohibited, San Francisco State University political scientist Robert Smith believes that, in many ways, schools are as separate and unequal as they were at the time of King’s assassination. That can be attributed in part to the fact that schools in Black communities have fewer resources, which creates wide achievement gaps. “But a large part of it is cultural. There are many Black communities where kids almost resist learning,” Smith says. “That would disappoint King, because while he’d think educational opportunities are not equal, they’re better than they were in the 60s and African-Americans are not taking advantage of them in the ways they did when there was actual segregation.”

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