The root of the word integration is integer. The Latin meaning of which is “to make whole.” (Thank you Mr. Sousa. Those three years of Latin still come in handy.) Here it is 2018. I would argue that most students of color in our public schools have yet to be “made whole.”
His words still ring true and, interpreted under a different light, underscore the current state of public education for children of color in the United States today. I chose to take a bit of interpretive license in my blog post of today, examining his message as though it were written for our learners of color.