In the 1960’s Loudoun County public schools resisted integration for 10 years after the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown vs Board of Education that ‘separate but equal’ public schools was unconstitutional. Loudoun leaders have now issued a public apology in the form of a letter and the following video.
“Black people were denied rights and equal treatment,” the apology letter from the Loudoun County School Board, LCPS Administration, and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors read. “There are many examples and instances in which systemic racism, inequitable treatment, and disproportionality began and have persisted since.”
As one organization shared, LCPS must continually assess the status of racial equity in the school system and correct its past transgressions as it pertains to race. Although we recognize that we have yet to fully correct or eradicate matters of racial inequality, we hope that issuing this apology with genuine remorse is a valuable step followed by additional actions, including demonstrable policy changes as outlined in both the Comprehensive Equity Plan and the Action Plan to Combat Systemic Racism,” the apology said. “We must pursue a bold, yet methodical, path of continuous improvement driven by a strong sense of urgency.”