Eliminate Mandated Racial Segregation in Schools from Alabama State Constitution
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In 1901, Alabama held a constitutional convention “to establish white supremacy in this state.” The new state constitution enshrined racial segregation and outlawed interracial marriage, and included provisions intended to block African Americans from voting.
With white control of state and local government restored, lawmakers passed legislation that required racial separation in major and mundane areas of life.
Alabama was the last state in the country to overturn its ban on interracial marriage, in 2000 -- and more than 40 percent of Alabamians voted against overturning it.
After the United States Supreme Court declared racially segregated public schools unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, Alabama's legislature enacted an “interposition” resolution that denounced Brown as an “illegal encroachment” on state’s rights and declared it “null, void and of no effect.” Resistance to integration dominated state politics for two decades after Brown.
Alabama’s constitution still mandates separate schools for white and black children even though this law can't be enforced under federal law. However, because voters rejected attempts to eliminate this racist language in 2004 and 2012, the provision casts a terrible shadow over the state and our nation.
Sign our petition to call on the Alabama Legislature to eliminate the provision requiring separate schools for white and "colored" children from Alabama's state constitution.
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