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Southern White Ministers and the Civil Rights Movement$
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Elaine Allen Lechtreck

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817525

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817525.001.0001

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School Desegregation

School Desegregation

Trouble Ahead

(p.11) 1 School Desegregation
Southern White Ministers and the Civil Rights Movement

Elaine Allen Lechtreck

University Press of Mississippi

On 17 May 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled unanimously in Brown v The Board of Education that segregated public schools are unconstitutional. This chapter describes massive resistance organized by politicians and white supremacist groups throughout the South. Crises are described at Clinton High in Tennessee, Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Universities of Mississippi and Alabama, Tuskegee High School in Alabama, and Clemson University in South Carolina as well as the courage of the Reverends Turner, Boggs, Cartwright, Ogden, Campbell, Gray, Davis, Sellers, Morris, Cousins, Lyles, Jackson, and Webster at these locations. It includes statements in support of the decision by the governing boards of major religious denominations, twenty-eight young ministers of the Mississippi Methodist Conference, and contributors to South Carolinians Speak, a booklet on moderation. Later the Supreme Court backed away from enforcing school integration. Scholars Wright, Jacoway, Wolters, Bell, Higgins, and Snider comment.

Keywords:   Brown v The Board of Education, massive resistance, Clinton High School, Central High School, University of Mississippi

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