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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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“Hell No, We Won’t Go”

“Hell No, We Won’t Go”

Protest and Resistance to School Desegregation

(p.167) Chapter 8 “Hell No, We Won’t Go”
Just Trying to Have School

Natalie G. Adams

James H. Adams

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter looks at more conventional forms of resistance, such as protests, demonstrations, marches, boycotts, and violence. It links the resistance efforts of students and parents during school desegregation to the larger freedom movement. Black parents, students, and local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) activists organized marches and boycotts to protest desegregation plans that continued to discriminate against black children. Black students staged walkouts, defied disciplinary policies particularly targeted at black students, and issued demands to their school administrators to be treated equally in their newly integrated schools. Occasionally, racial tension erupted into physical altercations between black and white students. The chapter then describes how whites employed the strategies of the civil rights movement and the antiwar movement to protest court-enforced school desegregation.

Keywords:   resistance efforts, school desegregation, freedom movement, black parents, black students, NAACP activists, desegregation plans, black children, racial tension, civil rights movement

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