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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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Big Bulls in the Local Herd

Big Bulls in the Local Herd

Superintendents Enforcing the Law of the Land

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(p.51) Chapter 3 Big Bulls in the Local Herd
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Just Trying to Have School
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Natalie G. Adams

James H. Adams

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496819536.003.0004

This chapter examines the role of superintendents in local school desegregation efforts, focusing particularly on the stories of Julian Prince, Clyde Muse, Tom Dulin, and Harold Kelly, who between them led seven school districts through school desegregation. Their stories demonstrate the many challenges school leaders faced in trying to mitigate the daily operations of school desegregation. Even after the Alexander v. Holmes ruling in October 1969, which called for an immediate end to segregated schooling, many superintendents with their school boards continued to wage a fierce battle with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare over their desegregation plans. Ultimately, regardless of how they went about desegregating their schools, the superintendent as the educational leader of his school district was expected to direct and lead his school through the turmoil of school desegregation.

Keywords:   superintendents, school desegregation, school leaders, educational leader, school desegregation, school districts

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