Author presentation

Dr. Natalie Guice Adams, standing, addresses a group of patrons of the Franklin Parish Library during a brown bag luncheon June 14. Adams and her husband, James G. “Jim” Adams, combined their writing and research skills for the book, “Just Trying to Have School: The Struggle for Desegregation in Mississippi.” (Sun photo by Joe Curtis)

One of Winnsboro’s own, Dr. Natalie Guice Adams, returned to her hometown June 14 to present “Love, Hope and Fear: Teaching Through Desegregation” during a brown bag luncheon at the Franklin Parish Library.

Adams and her husband, James G. “Jim” Adams are authors of “Just Trying to Have School: The Struggle for Desegregation in Mississippi” (University Press of Mississippi, 2018).

The book looks at desegregation from the perspective of teachers, administrators and students who lived through the day-to-day complexities of implementing and abiding by changes brought about by the 1969 Supreme Court ruling, Alexander v. Holmes Board of Education.

Natalie G. Adams is professor of social and cultural studies in education at the University of Alabama with a joint appointment in New College and the College of Education. James H. Adams is professor of instructional systems and workforce development in the College of Education at Mississippi State University.

“Just Trying to Have School” is dedicated  “To the many educators who have influenced our lives, but most importantly to our parents, Harold and Ruth Adams and John and Bonnie Guice.”

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