Still Separate. Still Unequal

Charlotte Mecklenburg school system was once a model city for integration, but it has since experienced a downfall in the overall diversity of students attending the large amount of schools. The schools are now more segregated than they were after the Brown vs Board of Education court case, which made legal separation illegal in the schools. In a time and age where people have become more accepting of diversity, we have become a city that once again accepts segregation as something that just happens. One cause of this resegregation is that students now go to neighborhood schools, which directly reflect the demographics of that particular area. This causes low-income children to attend schools that are majority low-income and people of the same race tend to live together as well.

Schools teach students not only educational aspects, but social aspects as well. They spend most of their time in school, and they should be able to learn about real world situations. Students of all ages all deserve the same well rounded education no matter what school they are located. Unfortunately, the schools today are still separate and still unequal. The only way this is going to change is if parents get involved with the schools, and not many realize that the schools are as segregated as they are today. Most people believe that segregation ended long ago.

The campaign Still Separate Still Unequal is an awareness campaign geared for adults who have children, of any age, who attend Charlotte Mecklenburg schools. The design illustrates comparison

of segregation in the 2000s with segregation from 1968. This is expressed through the layering of different statistics and information that the audience comes in contact with throughout the campaign. Every piece builds upon the impact that segregation has on the students and the schools. The audience will be able to physically see the numbers rather than just hearing a statistic. Visual elements always help impact a change. My design will persuade people to participate in their communities to ignite a change in their schools. It only takes a few people to make a big change.

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