Desegregation in Panola

(1960-1971) Desegregation began in the late 1960s in Panola County. The initial approach for desegregation was “freedom of choice”. The idea was that parents would choose to send their children to either school, and the intended reaction of continued segregation was the result. But in the school year of 1970-1971 full desegregation began in Panola County. Full desegregation led to the formation of a white private school started by seventy white families. Many whites abandoned the public school system.

Sources:

Wirt, Frederick M. “Politics and Southern Equality.”Chicago: Aldine Publishing (1970).

Wirt, Frederick M. “We Ain’t What We Was.”Durham: Duke University Press (1997).