RACE: “Bodies in Water: Desegregating American Swimming Pools


Location: South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Natatorium (1040 W. Washington St., South Bend)

The history of the civil rights movement--and desegregation in particular--has often been told as a story of rights denied. The 1954 Supreme Court decision of "Brown vs. Board of Education" looms large in traditional versions of this story. Instead of focusing on schools, this talk considers another space where bodies were segregated: public swimming pools. An examination of the history of pools reveals a different way to understand the timing and the significance of the fight against segregation.

This speaker series is co-sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts’ Henkels Lecture Fund, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, the Institute for Latino Studies and the Department of American Studies.