Throughline Presents: School Colors School District 28 is located in one of the most racially and ethnically diverse places in the U.S.: Queens, N.Y. But the neighborhood served by this school district has two sides – a Northside and a Southside. To put it simply, the Southside is Black and the farther north you go, the fewer Black people you see. But it wasn't always like this.

Throughline Presents: School Colors

Throughline Presents: School Colors

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A family walks towards Rochdale Village housing co-op and complex in Queens on April 28, 2022. (NPR/Cassandra Geraldo) Cassandra Giraldo /Cassandra Giraldo hide caption

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A family walks towards Rochdale Village housing co-op and complex in Queens on April 28, 2022. (NPR/Cassandra Geraldo)

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School District 28 is located in one of the most racially and ethnically diverse places in the U.S.: Queens, N.Y. But the neighborhood served by this school district has two sides – a Northside and a Southside. To put it simply, the Southside is Black and the farther north you go, the fewer Black people you see. But it wasn't always like this.

The Southside was once home to two revolutionary experiments in integrated housing. In 1940, it was the site of New York City's first integrated public housing project. Twenty years later, in a reversal of white flight, thousands of white families began to move back to the Southside – into the largest racially integrated housing co-op in the country. The Southside became a national beacon of interracial cooperation. So what happened between then and now, and how did it get to be this way? This week, we're bringing you an episode of School Colors, a series by NPR's Code Switch and Brooklyn Deep, that digs into this history to look at how the battle over getting a good education is connected to the fight for housing justice.