The Rev. Darius L. Swann, 1924-2020

Test results in one CMS kindergarten classroom of 5-year-olds in spring 2015, in a regular elementary school described as having a range of students in terms of socioeconomic status. Raw scores have been translated into skills levels generally exhibited by children of different ages. Results in this one classroom range from 2 years 3 months to 5 years 9 months. Source: CMS.

March 24, 2020

Darius and Vera Swann were looking for a racially integrated school in a time of mandated segregation. They wanted, expected, a good education for their son James. Their efforts on his behalf in 1964 placed them in the crosshairs of United States history and upended Charlotte’s trajectory as a New South city.

The struggle for good educational outcomes spearheaded by this family on behalf of all children continues to this day.

The Rev. Darius L. Swann died March 8, 2020 in Centreville, Va. Vera Swann and other family members survive him. A Washington Post obituary is here and below. The Charlotte Observer obituary is here.