The Detroit History Podcast: School Busing, Segregation and a KKK Attack in Pontiac

April 01, 2019, 12:04 AM


This is the sixth in a weekly series. Links to earlier installments are at the end. 

Cross-district busing, a volatile issue in metro Detroit during the early 1970s, came to a head in the case of Milliken v. Bradley.

Two federal court orders mandated the forced busing of children to remedy segregation. The reaction: The KKK dynamited 10 parked buses in Pontiac in August 1971, days just days before the integration plan went into effect.. Thousands took to the streets.

The U.S. Supreme Court eventually voted 5-4 in 1974 to stop the planned move. -- Tim Kiska 

Earlier installments:

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