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Trouble in My Way

Trouble in My Way

Curriculum, Conflict, and Confrontation at Jackson State University, 1945–1963

(p.90) Trouble in My Way
The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi
Jelani Favors
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the possibilities and the limitations of universities as places for civil rights movement or organizing in Mississippi by focusing on conflict and confrontation at Jackson State University in the period 1945–1963. It considers the so-called “second curriculum”—a broad term involving leadership, uplift, and the possibility of protest—and the pressures faced by two professors, Jane McAllister and Margaret Walker Alexander, in teaching it at Jackson. It looks at how McAllister and Alexander encouraged their students to consider education and its possible uses as a form of political action, despite encountering resistance from university president Jacob L. Reddix and his superiors in the state educational system.

Keywords:   universities, civil rights movement, organizing, Mississippi, Jackson State University, second curriculum, protest, Jane McAllister, Margaret Walker Alexander, Jacob L. Reddix

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