Along Freedom Road: Hyde County, North Carolina and the Fate of Black Schools in the South


reviewed by Scott Baker 1995

coverTitle: Along Freedom Road: Hyde County, North Carolina and the Fate of Black Schools in the South
Author(s): David Cecelski
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC
ISBN: 0807844373, Pages: 235, Year: 1994
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David Cecelski’s Along Freedom Road examines one of the most pernicious consequences of school desegregation: the widespread closing of African-American educational institutions in the South. Whites in many southern communities managed to comply with constitutional commands in ways that “obliterated” black schools, but Cecelski’s case study of desegregation in Hyde County, North Carolina, shows how African Americans saved two black educational institutions through a successful yearlong boycott of the local school board’s desegregation plan (p. 57). What makes Cecelski’s account significant and worthy of the attention of all those concerned with the issue of racial equality in public education is his argument that African Americans in eastern North Carolina used the Power of public protest not simply to preserve separate educational institutions but to create new multicultural ones that served whites and blacks on equal terms. Cecelski’s work is rich with irony. Although white leaders sought to use the schools to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 97 Number 1, 1995, p. 147-149
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1433, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 9:52:31 PM

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