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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The harrowing account of the black Southern educators who "bravely pressed on for justice in schools" (The New York Review of Books) even as the bright lodestar of desegregation faded

This "well-told and inspiring" story (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is the monumental product of Lillian Smith Book Award–winning author Vanessa Siddle Walker's two-decade investigation into the clandestine travels and meetings—with other educators, Dr. King, Georgia politicians, and even U.S. presidents—of one Dr. Horace Tate, a former Georgia school teacher, principal, and state senator. In a sweeping work "that reads like a companion piece to 'Hidden Figures,'" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), post-Brown generations will encounter invaluable lessons for today from the educators behind countless historical battles—in courtrooms, schools, and communities—for the quality education of black children.

For two years, an aging Tate told Siddle Walker fascinating stories about a lifetime advocating for racial justice in schools. On his deathbed, he asked her return to his office in Atlanta, where upon his passing she discovered an attic filled with a massive archive documenting the underground actors and covert strategies behind the most significant era of the fight for educational justice. Until now, the courageous tale 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 powerful reminder of the link between educators and the struggle for equality and justice in American history" (The Wall Street Journal).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620976029
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 313,171
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(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 member of the National Academy of Education, a former 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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