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Just Trying to Have SchoolThe Struggle for Desegregation in Mississippi$
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Natalie G. Adams and James H. Adams

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496819536

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496819536.001.0001

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With No Deliberate Speed

With No Deliberate Speed

The Road from Brown to Alexander

(p.11) Chapter 1 With No Deliberate Speed
Just Trying to Have School

Natalie G. Adams

James H. Adams

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter details what transpired in Mississippi between the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, and the Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education ruling in 1969, as local blacks fought to hold their school districts accountable to the principles of Brown, and whites devised a host of ever-changing ways to delay or impede desegregation efforts. Despite the success of the Citizens' Council in stopping blacks from filing desegregation petitions with their local school boards, many blacks in the South continued to hold onto at least a modicum of optimism that the law of the land would ultimately prevail. In October 1969, the Alexander v. Holmes Board of Education ruling finally forced school districts in Mississippi to end their dual system of segregated schooling.

Keywords:   Mississippi, Civil Rights Act, local blacks, Mississippi school districts, desegregation, Citizens' Council, desegregation petitions, local school boards, segregated schooling, school desegregation

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