November 15, 2017
An African American first grader clutched his mother’s hand as he arrived for the first day of school at previously all-white Davis Elementary School in Jackson on Sept. 14, 1964. Black students could voluntarily integrate white schools back then, but local public schools would not fully integrate until 1970. (AP Photo)
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Jackson's public schools, like the majority in the state, remained solidly separate and unequal in the 1950s and 1960s despite the ruling in the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education ...