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Trouble in My Way

Trouble in My Way

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

Chapter:
(p.90) Trouble in My Way
Source:
The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi
Author(s):
Jelani Favors
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039331.003.0004

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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