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A Victory of Sorts: Desegregation in a Southern Community


reviewed by Kimberly Lenease King — 2004

coverTitle: A Victory of Sorts: Desegregation in a Southern Community
Author(s): Winfred E. Pitts
Publisher: University Press of America, Lanham
ISBN: 0761825339, Pages: 219, Year: 2003
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The 50th year anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka , KS is quickly approaching. It has given scholars/educators time to reflect on the educational experiences of African Americans in the post-Brown era. A Victory of Sorts: Desegregation in a Southern Community by Winfred E. Pitts assists in this process of reflection with a contribution to the “local history genre” (p. xiii). Embracing critical race theory, the author engages in what he calls ‘historical research methodology’ (p. xii). Pitts accomplishes this task primarily through archival research. However, to augment what he learns from archival documents like school board minutes, correspondence files with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, microfilm copies of the local newspapers, school documents such as office records from city schools, yearbooks, and student newspapers, Pitts interviews individuals active at the school and community levels preceding, during, and following the Brown decision. This approach results in a vivid picture of the impact of Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, KS on a local community that attempted to protect... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 982-984
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11236, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 12:02:07 AM

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  • Kimberly King
    Auburn University
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    KIMBERLY LENEASE KING is currently an associate professor in Educational Foundations, Leadership & Technology, at Auburn University. She received her Ph.D. in History, Philosophy and Policy Studies in 1998 and an M.S. in Higher Education Adminstration in 1993 from Indiana University-Bloomington. She is also an alum of Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa. She teaches courses in the areas of history and sociology of education, education in global contexts, diversity, and qualitative research. Her research interest include examinations of the relationship between educational equity and race, class and gender in K-12 and higher education settings. She is co-editor of Aparthied No More: Case Studies of Southern African Universities in the Process of Transformation, co-author of a forthcoming book by Greenwood Press tentatively titled Moving Beyond the Numbers: Implementing a Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Racial Inclusion, and author of a number of articles and book chapters.
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