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This “sure-to-be-classic account of 1960s desegregation” (Los Angeles Times) tells the inspiring story of the Carters, black Mississippi sharecroppers who sent their children to integrate an all-white school system. “Silver Rights is pure gold!” (Julian Bond). Introduction by Marian Wright Edelman.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 10th 1996 by Mariner Books
(first published January 10th 1995)
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Much of this book examines the life of Mae Bertha Carter and her children and their integration of the schools in Drew, Sunflower county, Mississippi in 1965. It is a story that perhaps can be told of many schools in the south and of the brave families that, through threats and intimidation were unafraid to exercise their new found civil rights. The most interesting part of this book is the story of Mae Bertha Carter and her marriage to Mathew Carter.She was a fearless woman, committed to her fa ...more
I'm enjoying this book but have put it down for a while--it recounts the story of a Mississippi family and their children's experiences as the first black students to desegretate the formerly all-white schools in their county. Reading first-hand accounts of this period of history is pretty incredible, though at times startling to realize that these events occurred less than 50 years ago.
Mae Bertha and Matthew Carter, African American sharecroppers on a cotton plantation in Sunflower County, Mississippi, wanted the best for their thirteen children. By 1965, the best education they could get for their children was in white schools in Drew. They didn't realize that the "freedom of choice" law that the Mississippi state legislature had recently passed was a ruse that allowed the state to appear as though it were complying with the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ...more
This is not the best book I've read about the civil rights movement, but still manages to astonish with how things were so recently and how brave some people were and how cruel others were. The author worked for the AFSC providing support to courageous black families who were pushing for desegregation in the south. Noble work, but so risky for the black families. I wanted those white do-gooders to go and convince the whites to accept integration and not murder/ displace blacks. Has there ever be ...more