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Reproduced with permission from Ebony/Johnson Publishing Company.

Ebony, August 1971

Better Opportunities

Dorothy Davis returned to Jackson, Mississippi, from Gary, Indiana, in the 1970s with her eight-year-old daughter, Lawanika. Davis cited "poor schools, no zoos or museums and inadequate shopping areas" in Gary as reasons for her move south. Many native southerners brought their children back to the South from northern cities to provide better educational opportunities and to escape violence and crime. By 2002 the obstacles facing African-American children in education were still staggering: more than 20 percent of all men and women over the age of twenty-five had not earned a high school degree.

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