Courtesy of Iowa Public Television, "Alexander Clark and the First Successful School Desegregation Case in the United States," Iowa Pathways - Iowa Public Television, 2012
This video is an excerpt from program "Lost in History: Alexander Clark," which was produced for Iowa Public Television in 2012. The video explains the significance of Alexander Clark's lawsuit against the Muscatine, Iowa, school district for denying his daughter admission to a public school because she was African American in 1867. Clark eventually wins the lawsuit and his daughter becomes the first African American to integrate into an all-white public high school.
- What were the details of the lawsuit and court case? What was the main focus in the lawsuit, and what was the end result?
- Why was this court case so significant to our nation's history of school segregation?
- Watch the video and read Alexander Clark's Petition to Allow Immigration of Free Slaves into Iowa. How did Alexander Clark pave the way for equality and civil rights in Iowa and the United States?
"Alexander Clark and the First Successful School Desegregation Case in the United States," Iowa Pathways - Iowa Public Television, 2012. Courtesy of Iowa Public Television