A Look Back at Madrona School Desegregation

What did the Madrona neighborhood look like fifty years ago when desegregation was first implemented in Seattle School districts? According to the Seattle Times, a group of folks who were actively involved, either as parents, kids or teachers gathered together to reminisce and preserve their memories so that we can learn from what worked and what was difficult to know.

The group gathered at a residence in Capitol Hill to watch a film that presented the struggles constantly evolving desegregation efforts, which was the plan that was implemented in 1962, geared to attract middle class white families to accept integration. In 1968 the Madrona neighborhood experienced the Madrona-Lowell exchange, which some of the folk attending expressed “caused alot of grief from  the white parents when children were bussed though the mostly black neighborhood,” (The Madrona Elementary School was 87% black at the time). At a time when Seattle School districts were taking a stance to end segregation, the Madrona neighborhood was at the heart of the experimental phase. To learn more about what the historical neighborhood experienced, take a look at the full article here.