Karen Beck Pooley on Defining Diversity in Segregated Cities

Emory University
Published June 17, 2015
Logo, On Second Thought, Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Logo, On Second Thought, Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Southern Spaces author Karen Beck Pooley was featured in a June 16, 2015 interview on Georgia Public Broadcasting's radio program On Second Thought. Contributing to a segment titled "Defining Diversity, Segregated Cities, Break It Down: Gerrymandering," Pooley spoke about her research on Atlanta's demographics and school segregation.

Suburbanizing Atlanta, Georgia, March 31, 2009. Photograph by Maik. Courtesy of Maik, CC BY-ND.
Suburbanizing Atlanta, Georgia, March 31, 2009. Photograph by Maik. Courtesy of Maik, CC BY-ND.

In her April 2015 Southern Spaces publication "Segregation's New Geography: The Atlanta Metro Region, Race, and the Declining Prospects for Upward Mobility," Pooley examined Atlanta's population shifts, suburbanization patterns, and school performance. Pooley argued that the region's increasingly suburban African American population continues to face segregated housing patterns that undercut their ability to build wealth through homeownership. This same demographic remains predominantly within segregated schools, a concentration that hampers black students' educational experiences and possibilities. For more insight into segregation across the Atlanta metro region, listen to Karen Pooley's featured interview and read her full article at Southern Spaces.

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