desegregation

Desegregation is the process of ending the separation of different racial, religious, or cultural groups. A major goal of the US Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century was desegregation of black and white people.

When you segregate one group of people, you deliberately keep them separate or apart from others. During much of America's history, there has been a policy of segregating African Americans in society — at various times, segregation has existed in the military, housing, jobs, education, and many other areas. Desegregation has attempted to remove this division and to integrate people of all races into the general community. The Latin root is segregatus, "set apart," or "separate from the flock."

Definitions of desegregation
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n the action of incorporating a racial or religious group into a community

Synonyms:
integrating, integration
Antonyms:
segregation, sequestration
the act of segregating or sequestering
Type of:
group action
action taken by a group of people

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