Sher's Reviews > Along Freedom Road: Hyde County, North Carolina, and the Fate of Black Schools in the South

Along Freedom Road by David S. Cecelski
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Nov 11, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: Anyone who has lost faith in the power of education to transform and mobilize people.

A really amazing book told from the perspective of a black community in North Carolina during the Brown v. Board of Education push for desegregation. While many look at Brown v. Board of Ed as a landmark decision (and it definitely was) few accounts have explored the fate of historically black schools during the move towards integration and the price that black communities paid undergoing desegregation on the terms of primarily white school boards, who did not take into account the important traditions, sense of community, and nurturance for black identity that these schools gave their students. This book is about a black community who chose to fight desegregation terms of busing and integration outlined by whites to be sure that their voices, concerns and traditions were brought to the table, to encourage true integration, not merely assimilation.

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