Date of Award

Fall 12-2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Research and Administration

Committee Chair

Dr. Lilian Hill

Committee Chair Department

Educational Research and Administration

Committee Member 2

Dr. Myron Labat

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Research and Administration

Committee Member 3

Dr. Holly Ann Foster

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Research and Administration

Committee Member 4

Dr. David Lee

Committee Member 4 Department

Educational Research and Administration

Abstract

Black-American history has been, and continues to be, one rich with struggle and progress throughout a multitude of past and current events – including the White resistance to Blacks becoming educated and the segregation and inequality permeating education, politics, and general living for centuries. It is necessary to gather a further understanding of the Black perspective regarding direct experiences of discrimination in education in order to cultivate pedagogy by which all students may have an equal chance to thrive. This study of the memories shared by former students who did and did not participate in the walkout on October 4, 1961, from Burglund High School in McComb, Mississippi, will facilitate an understanding of former pupils’ perceptions of segregation, desegregation, integration, and McComb public schools during and since the walkout.

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