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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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“We All Came Together on the Football Field” But …

“We All Came Together on the Football Field” But …

The Role of Sports in Desegregation

(p.124) Chapter 6 “We All Came Together on the Football Field” But …
Just Trying to Have School

Natalie G. Adams

James H. Adams

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter assesses the role of sports in the transition to desegregated schools. It shows the many ways in which sports helped ease a transition to desegregated schools by uniting black and white fans around the common goal of beating their opponents on the field. Indeed, it is no surprise that many of those involved in the early years of school desegregation laud the role sports played in this historical social transition and locate the football field or the basketball court as the place blacks and whites, sitting by each other and cheering together for a common cause, worked through the initial tensions of school desegregation. However, the chapter also reveals how sports was not the panacea many had hoped, and discrimination of black players and coaches persisted both on and off the field long after the initial desegregation dust settled.

Keywords:   sports, desegregated schools, school desegregation, football field, basketball court, discrimination, black players, black coaches

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