Remember The Titans Essay

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The true story of the forced integration of a 1971 Virginia high school football team shows how we can all get along if race and background are put aside for the sake of the common goal. T. C. Williams is named for a former superintendent of schools who served from the mid-1930s until the mid-1960s. Virginia, like many other Southern states had a history of segregated schools. "Jim Crow Laws" which was the basic term for legal segregation took long to up by federal courts, had effectively created two separate societies. The two societies were "separate," but they were barely "equal." T. C. Williams High school had the goal, to not have segregation as apart of there school system. Black and white members of competing football teams were now part of the same school. If there was only one high school, there would be only one football team. The questions that were frequently asked was "Who would be on the team?" And, more importantly, "Who would be its coach?"The school opened in 1965 and has served the Alexandria community and tens of thousands of students well for the past thirty-three years. The school has grown into one of the most respected, comprehensive public High Schools in the country. Eighty percent of the students go on to post-secondary education. T. C. has one of the most diverse student bodies in America with students from over eighty-four countries, speaking over fifty-six languages in its' halls and classrooms.In 1959, five years after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that separated but equal schooling is inherently unequal and unconstitutional, Alexandria formally desegregated its' public school system. But, unfairness in the diversity of neighborhood populations caused the school system to slowly migrate toward racial imbalance. In 1971 the Supreme Court ruling on the Swann vs. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education case legitimized busing as a method to achieve desegregation.Alexandria adopted the K6-2-2-2 Plan (Kindergarten through sixth grade at one school, two years in middle school, two years in Junior High School and two years in Senior High School) to bring racial and economic balance to its' school system. Two High Schools, George Washington (GW) and Francis Hammond (FH) were changed to Junior High Schools and T. C. Williams High School (TCW) became the Senior High School. All the city's freshman and sophomores were divided between GW and FH, all the juniors and seniors attended TCW. This dramatic, sudden change caused a lot of tension and fear. The only three High Schools in the City there had been strong rivalries and competition between the schools for the City and District Championships at all levels of academic and athletic competition. One of the strongest most bitter competitions was in football. The football team did not know that they would set the tone for the entire community in a time of tension, conflict, and mistrust.Going under rough, uncompromising leadership the players developed a...

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