Dr. Matthew Delmont

Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History and a Special Advisor to President Hanlon for faculty diversity
February 8, 2021 - 7:30pm
Resistance, Activism, and Media: Capturing the Movement for NYC School Integration

Pre-registration is required for this event. You will receive an email confirmation with the virtual event details after registering.  

Co-sponsored by Yale Education Studies, the Ludwig Center at Yale Law School and RITM at Yale. 


Dr. Matt Delmont, Dartmouth University 

Aneth Naranjo & Obrian Rosario, Integrate NYC

Alexander Rodriguez & Ayana Smith, Teens Take Charge

Student activism has been central to efforts to desegregate New York City Public Schools. In 1964, 464,000 New York City public school students held the largest march of the entire Civil Rights movement to protest New York City school segregation. However, the event got minimal representation in the national news media, and a much smaller demonstration by white mothers opposing busing garnered more press coverage. Today as New York City students once again tackle New York City’s status as the most segregated school district in the nation, how does media representation and strategy impact their work? How do students transform the information landscape through unprecedented forms of social media and sharing?

Join a conversation with historian Matthew Delmont, author of Why Busing Failed and students from Integrate NYC and Teens Take Charge as they discuss the past, present and future of school integration work in New York City.

About the Speakers

Dr. Matthew Delmont

Dr. Matthew Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History and a Special Advisor to President Hanlon for faculty diversity. An expert on African-American History and the history of Civil Rights, he is the author four books: Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers (Stanford University Press, 2019); Making Roots: A Nation Captivated (University of California Press, 2016); Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation (UC Press, 2016); and The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia (UC Press, 2012). 


IntegrateNYC is a youth-led organization that stands for equity and justice in New York City public schools. They develop youth leaders who repair the harms of segregation and build authentic integration and equity.

Teens Take Charge

Teens Take Charge is a student-led movement for Educational Equity in New York City.