Aging in Montclair's Saturday Social on March 26 will host a talk with Leslie Wilson, a history professor from Montclair State University, about the history of desegregation cases in New Jersey and its impact on education. The event begins at 4 p.m.

Wilson will discuss the history of segregated education in New Jersey, particularly highlighting the differences between the northern and southern counties. While there were attempts to integrate the state’s public schools in the 1800s, there was also another movement to establish separate schools for African American children.

Legislation passed in 1881 prohibited excluding any child from public school based on religion, nationality or color, and court cases from that era also affected education for Black children.

Wilson will delve into the issues surrounding these rulings and discuss why, despite New Jersey’s progressive legislative stance on desegregation, there is still much work to do in this area, according to an announcement from AIM.

To attend this program, email AIM at or call 973-707-5088 by March 24 to receive a zoom link.