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Minnie Liddell's Forty-Year Quest for Quality Public Education Remains a Dream Deferred

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Washington University Journal of Law & Policy


This Article is a historic account of the hopes and dreams that a mother had for her children and her efforts to make those hopes and dreams come true. The mother, Minnie Liddell, never imagined, when she first became a mom in 1959, or years later after the birth of her fifth child, or even after she filed a lawsuit against a city school district, that she would become a pioneer and icon in the school desegregation history of St. Louis, Missouri. She really only wanted a quality public education for her children, for black children, for all children. This Article will tell the story of Mrs. Liddell‘s quest for a quality education for her children, and it will take a look at where that journey stands today.