Detroit Public Schools Community Relations Division Records
Dr. Freeman Flynn served on the Detroit School Board for many years. His personal interests led him to focus upon human relations, and the problems associated with inter-cultural and
inter-racial education. During the period 1965 through 1976, when the city sought to
implement plans for the desegregation of its schools, Dr. Flynn served as the Director of
the Division of School-Community Relations.
The files of the Community Relations Division reflect the effort of the Detroit School
Board and key administrative staff, such as Dr. Flynn, to confront and deal with issues
involved in achieving school desegregation and improved relations between the city's
blacks and whites. The early records, 1943-1969, document the initial voluntary programs
aimed at inter-racial understanding. The later records, 1970-1977, relate to the School
Boards plans for compliance with court ordered desegregation and school busing as
required by Judge Stephen Roth in Bradley v. Mil-liken, 1970.
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