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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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Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

Lessons Learned through School Desegregation

(p.213) Chapter 10 Unfinished Business
Just Trying to Have School

Natalie G. Adams

James H. Adams

University Press of Mississippi

This concluding chapter summarizes the lessons learned from studying the stories of school desegregation in Mississippi. In organizing the book with separate chapters on black parents, superintendents, principals, and teachers, this study hoped to capture the nuances of how school desegregation was accomplished, fought for, resisted, and doomed in differing ways in different parts of the state. The inclusion of the role of sports, band, the prom, cheerleading, and student government during the school desegregation process is a reminder that educational reformers cannot ignore the importance of the informal curriculum, the hidden curriculum, and the extracurricular of schools. Meanwhile, the chapters on protests and private schools illustrate two primary ways in which people responded to this monumental cultural change that threatened the status quo: they resisted in various ways through conventional methods of protest, and they formed a countermovement that sought to retain the tribalism to which they clung and around which their identities were built.

Keywords:   school desegregation, Mississippi, extracurricular activities, black parents, school leaders, protests, private schools, tribalism, educational reformers

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