The Busing Crisis

Tracy E. K’Meyer

in Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135274 | DOI:
The Busing Crisis

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This chapter discusses the busing crisis created by the antibusing movement which produced an outburst of prointegration and antiracist activity on the part of traditional civil rights leaders, African American parents, and faith-based and secular human relations advocates. It reports that in September 1975, court-ordered busing began bringing black and white students together on a large scale in the newly merged city and county system, white opponents of integration launched a school boycott and mass demonstrations, the latter devolving into vandalism and rioting that required the intervention of the National Guard and earned the city condemnation from the national press. It further reports that the local antibusing movement — the largest, most organized, and most vocal opposition seen during the civil rights era in Louisville — revealed the extent of resistance to further change in the racial status quo.

Keywords: busing crisis; antibusing movement; prointegration; antiracist; civil rights leaders; court-ordered busing; school boycott; mass demonstrations; vandalism; rioting

Chapter.  14206 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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