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“Just Trying to Have School”: The Struggle for Desegregation in Mississippi (University Press of Mississippi, 2018). Based on oral history interviews and meticulous archival research, the book examines the implementation of desegregation orders in Mississippi from 1965-1971 from the perspectives of teachers, administrators, and students who lived through the day-to-day complexities of school desegregation, particularly after the Supreme Court ruling in Alexander v. Holmes Board of Education (1969). Decided on October 29, 1969, this ruling ordered 30 of the 33 school districts named in the suit to open as fully operational unitary school systems in January 1970. James was in 9th grade at DeKalb High School in January 1970 when Kemper County desegregated its schools through the unusual arrangement of segregating all the students and teachers into different buildings on the DeKalb High campus.

Later Event: July 9
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