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Silver Rights: The story of the Carter family's brave decision to send their children to an all-white school and claim their civil rights Paperback – October 10, 1996
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The story of an African American family in Mississippi who were the first to desegregate an all-white school in the '60s.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Appearing in paper for the first time is Curry's true story of the Carter family of Mississippi - black sharecroppers who sent their children to desegregate an all-white school system. A "must' for any who would understand a family decision to participate in social change at the grassroots level. -- Midwest Book Review
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Ms. Curry, the field service representative of the American Friends Service Committee, saw the Carter family through their placing of their seven youngest children in the Drew, Mississippi, white schools as the first and only blacks to do so in Sunflower County in the years 1965-1968. This story follows the family and the children through their long years of sticking in out all the way through the integration of Ole Miss.
The story is hard to imagine in that Mae Carter finished only the third grade in the truncated education of sharecroppers but her and her husband's spirit and drive to get their 13 children out of the cotton fields drove her and her husband to get their children education. Their first five children finished high school and left the South. The surviving seven received all of the necessary support to overcome and rise up.
This story is so moving that it is difficult to keep a dry eye throughout as the pluck and inner strength necessary to overcome white Mississippi is and was so brutal in its oppression of its black citizens.
This is a great book but it does jump around a bit and does not have a linear progression.
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If I could, I would give this book 100 stars!