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Just Trying to Have School: The Struggle for Desegregation in Mississippi

Natalie G. Adams and James H. Adams


After the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, no state fought longer or harder to preserve segregated schools than Mississippi. This massive resistance came to a crashing halt in October 1969 when the Supreme Court ruled in Alexander v. Holmes Board of Education that “the obligation of every school district is to terminate dual school systems at once and to operate now and hereafter only unitary schools.” Thirty of the thirty-three Mississippi districts named in the case were ordered to open as desegregated schools after Christmas break. With little guidance from state officials and no fo ... More

Keywords: segregated schools, Mississippi, desegregated schools, school desegregation, social change, dual school systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781496819536
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496819536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natalie G. Adams, author
University of Alabama

James H. Adams, author
Mississippi State University