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Created Equal Panel Discussion: What Did It Take to Integrate Oak Park Schools?

Event Type: Adult Program
Date: 3/29/2014
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Description:
 Join Robert Giles, Galen Gockel and Marion Hogenboom to learn how 45 Oak Park citizens came together in the 1970s to create a plan to successfully integrate Oak Park's elementary schools. Giles wrote his EdD dissertation on this plan after attending dozens of school board meetings and citizen committee meetings. Gockel recognized that Oak Park's elementary school district was not prepared for the pending in-migration of African-American children to what was in 1971 an all-white and very conservative town. He ran for the D/97 school board and became the chair of the Board's School and Community Relations Committee. Hogenboom became chair of the Committee for Tomorrow's Schools and was also elected to D/97 school board.

Over the next few years, the Committee re-drew the school boundaries, and converted two of the ten K-8 schools to junior high schools. These moves integrated all the schools to avoid any school being racially identifiable.
Library: Oak Park Public Library Main Branch
Location: Second Floor - Veterans Room
Contact: Adult & Teen Services
Contact Number: 708.452.3340