Shaker Heights: The Struggle for Integration

A town's tries to create an integrated community.

Premiere Date
November 27, 1997
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

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The Film

Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, is noted for its affluence, the quality of its public schools, and its success at racial integration. But an article in the local high school newspaper reporting wide racial disparity in the student test scores challenged the community's assumption of racial equality. The documentary examines the ideals and the realities of a community where black and white families have lived side by side for nearly 40 years.