The Lost Education of Horace Tate: Uncovering the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools

The Lost Education of Horace Tate: Uncovering the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools

by Vanessa Siddle Walker

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A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018

“An important contribution to our understanding of how ordinary people found the strength to fight for equality for schoolchildren and their teachers.”
Wall Street Journal

In the epic tradition of Eyes on the Prize and with the cultural significance of John Lewis's March trilogy, an ambitious and harrowing account of the devoted black educators who battled southern school segregation and inequality

For two years an aging Dr. Horace Tate—a former teacher, principal, and state senator—told Emory University professor Vanessa Siddle Walker about his clandestine travels on unpaved roads under the cover of night, meeting with other educators and with Dr. King, Georgia politicians, and even U.S. presidents. Sometimes he and Walker spoke by phone, sometimes in his office, sometimes in his home; always Tate shared fascinating stories of the times leading up to and following Brown v. Board of Education. Dramatically, on his deathbed, he asked Walker to return to his office in Atlanta, in a building that was once the headquarters of another kind of southern strategy, one driven by integrity and equality.

Just days after Dr. Tate's passing in 2002, Walker honored his wish. Up a dusty, rickety staircase, locked in a concealed attic, she found the collection: a massive archive documenting the underground actors and covert strategies behind the most significant era of the fight for educational justice. Thus began Walker's sixteen-year project to uncover the network of educators behind countless battles—in courtrooms, schools, and communities—for the education of black children. Until now, the courageous story of how black Americans in the South won so much and subsequently fell so far has been incomplete. The Lost Education of Horace Tate is a monumental work that offers fresh insight into the southern struggle for human rights, revealing little-known accounts of leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois and James Weldon Johnson, as well as hidden provocateurs like Horace Tate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620971055
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 621,361
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Vanessa Siddle Walker, a professor at Emory University, has studied the segregated schooling of African American children for more than twenty years. She is the president of the American Educational Research Association, a former National Academy of Education Post-Doctoral Spencer fellow, and a recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in education. She lives near Atlanta.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Finding the Hidden Provocateurs 1

Prologue: Before the End 7

Part I The Education of a Young Principal

1 In the Shadow of His Smile 13

2 Now You See Me, Now You Don't 29

3 My Dear Mr. Marshall 40

4 The Balm in Gilead 55

5 A Simple Scheme to Do a "Simple Little" 71

6 To Help Our People 83

7 Fighting White Folk 98

8 Out of the Public Eye 115

9 Seasons of Opportunity 124

10 Paying the Cost 136

Part II The Education of Negro Leaders

11 Just Trying to Be a Man 145

12 Moving on Up 159

13 In This Present Crisis 172

14 Shifting Sands 186

15 The Ties That Bind 201

16 Paying the Cost-Again 214

Part III The Education of a People

17 Walking the Ancient Paths 221

18 Policing the South 233

19 Justice Restructured in Dixie 245

20 As Freedom Turns 257

21 Not a Two-Way Street 270

22 We Hold These Truths 285

23 Fighting Back 301

24 A Charge to Keep I Have 317

25 Justice Betrayed 334

26 A Second-Class Integration It Is 352

27 Nobody but a Fool 363

Epilogue: The Last Word 368

Author's Note: A Look in the Rearview Mirror 373

Acknowledgments 379

Notes 383

Index 455

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