On September 7, 1954, classes officially began in Baltimore with school integration in effect.
Baltimore public schools were starting the progress of desegregation on the heels of the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, utilizing a ‘free choice enrollment system’. The free choice enrollment system allows parents to choose a school. When the first day of classes arrived, protests erupted across Baltimore, occurring at different schools to disrupt and prevent school integration. Overall, an estimated 6 white students choose to attend formerly all-black schools, while nearly 1,600 black students enrolled at formerly all-white schools.