African-Americans realized that the struggle for equal  opportunity in education did not end with the victory in the Central High controversy.  They knew that many more battles would be fought before true equality became a reality.  However, for the time being, they felt that a more amicable relationship with the Board might be advantageous as time passed.  To this end, Ellis O. Knox, a professor of Education at Howard University, and a frequent critic of Board policies, praised the Board for its impartial deliberation in securing redress for the Black high school students at Cardozo.

     For the fall semester in 1950, all levels in the Colored School Division reported substantial increases in student populations.  The Black student enrollment rose by nineteen hundred to a total of about 43,000.19 The Board of Education had successfully eliminated part-time education, but Black schools were still crowded beyond capacity.

      The battle lines were drawn.  Black reformers and their allies pointed to the intolerable condition of the schools as proof that the dual school system should be abolished.  Some whites, viewing the events of 1950 as a bad omen, decided to leave the city, or if they stayed, to harden their resistance to change.  The Cardozo-Central controversy was a harbinger of things to come in the struggle to dismantle segregated schools in the District of Columbia. 


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