The Unfolding History of Black School Administrators in
C. Calvin Smith
Contributing Editor: Linda Walls Joshua
gallery of unsung heroes
Under segregation and in its aftermath, black teachers and
principals created havens of dignity and uplift for their
students and communities. In Arkansas, where even education
for white children has always been underfunded, the work of
these administrators has been particularly heroic. This book,
researched and prepared by the Research Committee of the Retired
Educators of Little Rock and Other Public Schools, outlines
the challenges to generations of black administrators in the
state, and it maps their achievements. It also offers the
first reference guide to the personnel who have educated generations
of black children through the most extreme of circumstances.
the chief aim of Educating the Masses is to venerate
the legacy of several generations of dedicated black educators,
the last three chapters of the book set out a poignant reminder,
a chilling warning, and a continuing challenge for all citizens
of Arkansas. . . . The challenge, of course, is to continue
to follow the example of the black educators celebrated in
this volume in working for an educational system that will
provide both quality and opportunity to all young Arkansans.
C. Kennedy, Arkansas Historical Quarterly
arresting account of professional dedication which, although
long confronted by unremitting racial adversity, has resulted
today in remarkable progress in public education in Arkansas.
Professors Smith and Joshua have rendered a valuable service
with their comp-rehensive history.
Levering Lewis, author of W. E. B. Du Bois: Biography of
a Race, 18681919 and W. E. B. Du Bois: The Fight
for Equality and the American Century, 19191963
(both Henry Holt & Co.), winners of the Pulitzer Prize
for biography in 1994 and 2001.
compelling social history . . . a story of triumph over incredible
Graves, author of Town
and Country: Race Relations in an Urban-Rural Context, Arkansas,
18651905 (Arkansas, 1991)
Calvin Smith is a professor of history at Arkansas
State University and the author of War
and Wartime Changes: The Transformation of Arkansas, 19401945
(Arkansas, 1986). Linda Walls Joshua is an assistant professor
of education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
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