First Thursday Book Talks at St. James’

Hear from a great lineup of fabulous authors and enjoy “Ms. Joyce’s Famous Meat & Three Buffet.

This month’s featured authors are Natalie and Jim Adams with
“Just trying to Have School: The Struggle for Desegregation in Mississippi.”

Professors at Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama, Jim and Natalie are former middle school teachers who come from along line of educators. Jim’s father retired as superintendent of Western Line School District, his mother was a home economics teacher, and Natalie’s mother, grandmother, and great-aunt were all teachers in Winnsboro, Louisiana. Both of them were students when massive court-enforced desegregation occurred in Mississippi and Louisiana in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Meticulously researched over an 8-year period, including over 100 interviews with teachers, students, superintendents, parents, and community activists involved in school desegregation, Just Trying to Have School provides a detailed, nuanced exploration of the role of ordinary Mississippians in one of the most momentous social and educational changes of the 20th century.


Lemuria will be on hand with copies of the book available for purchase.

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