Before school desegregation, most black students were educated in exclusively black schools. Today, 70% of black students are still educated in predominantly black schools. School desegregation, mandated in theory, has not yet been achieved in practice.
Class of Waldorf Negro Elementary School, Maryland (1941). Image courtesy of the National Archives.
For his 1948 feature “Country Doctor” — republished here, in its entirety, for the first time online, with all of the photos — LIFE magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith spent 23 days in Kremmling, Colorado, shadowing general practitioner Ernest Ceriani. See more here.