Reflections on Race in a Southern School District
Truitt takes readers into the complex inner workings of a modern school system, detailing the relationships between school boards and professional administrators to which few parents or citizens are privy. He describes a two-year struggle that included heated public meetings, an NAACP lawsuit, a federal court hearing, and a court-mandated change in the election of school board members. Shedding light on the intractability of racial problems in South Carolina, Truitt stresses that the story of what happened in Florence cannot be understood in isolation but must be viewed as a tale that exposes much about the current state of public education in the South and across the United States.
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"Veteran educator and school administrator Dr. Thomas Truitt writes from the perspective of both a participant in and an observer of community dynamics. Somewhat painfully the reader is compelled to experience the cumulative impact of intended and inadvertent actions which confound the unity to which the community aspires. This case study of schools and the community they serve should be read by all those who strive to influence and lead in public settings."—Jo Anne Anderson, executive director, State of South Carolina Education Oversight Committee
"Thomas Truitt's book is at once an inspiring and disheartening history. It is the story of a society that is moving only painfully towards racial reconciliation, an account of courageous leadership amidst relentless adversity, a tale in microcosm of the two Americas we sadly remain."—Bud Ferillo, producer and director of Corridor of Shame: The Neglect of South Carolina's Rural Schools
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