Along freedom road: Hyde County, North Carolina and the fate by David S. Cecelski

By David S. Cecelski

David Cecelski chronicles some of the most sustained and profitable protests of the civil rights movement—the 1968-69 college boycott in Hyde County, North Carolina. for a whole yr, the county's black voters refused to ship their young children to college in protest of a desegregation plan that required ultimate traditionally black faculties of their distant coastal group. mom and dad and scholars held nonviolent protests day-by-day for 5 months, marched two times at the nation capitol in Raleigh, and drove the Ku Klux Klan out of the county in a tremendous gunfight.The threatened remaining of Hyde County's black colleges collided with a wealthy and colourful academic history that had helped to maintain the black neighborhood when you consider that Reconstruction. As different southern tuition forums oftentimes closed black faculties and displaced their academic leaders, Hyde County blacks started to worry that college desegregation used to be undermining—rather than enhancing—this legacy. This publication, then, is the tale of 1 county's amazing fight for civil rights, yet even as it explores the struggle for civil rights in all of japanese North Carolina and the dismantling of black schooling during the South.

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This is the story of an extraordinary struggle to prevent two historically black schools from closing. It is also necessarily about the fate of black schools throughout the South. From this history comes a new perspective on how black southerners survived in the age of segregation and how black schooling contributed to, collided with, and adapted to racial integration. Ultimately, it is a book about equality, community, and autonomy. The mass closing of black schools was only part of a broader pattern of racism that marred school desegregation throughout the South.

We just didn't think about [changing the county] before the school boycott," recalled James "Little Brother" Topping, a New Holland resident who in the 1970s would be elected Hyde County's first black commissioner. "[Whites] used to say we were happy, Page 24 and in a way, maybe we were . . " 17 Ida Murray, a resident of the Ridge community, shared that feeling. She remembered that "there were all kinds of problems, but nobody talked about them . . "18 After the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown, however, blacks and whites both wondered whetheror whenthis would change.

16 In their eyes, those episodes underscored old realizations: threats of coercion and violence underlie all racial segregation, and interracial relationships pose a special danger to a society built on white superiority. These patterns of racial control had shaped a social order where challenging the absolute power of the white majority often seemed out of the question. To survive in Hyde County, black men and women drew on a strong tradition of community self-help, organizing mutual aid societies, public health campaigns, a community-owned funeral home, and other projects.

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