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By Vanessa Siddle Walker

Like many black institution principals, Ulysses Byas, who served the Gainesville, Georgia, institution method within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, was once reverently addressed by way of neighborhood contributors as "Professor." He saved copious notes and files all through his profession, documenting efforts to enhance the schooling of blacks. via conversations with Byas and entry to his large records on his principalship, Vanessa Siddle Walker reveals that black principals have been good located in the neighborhood to function conduits of rules, wisdom, and instruments to help black resistance to formally sanctioned regressive academic platforms within the Jim Crow South.

Walker explains that principals participated in neighborhood, nearby, and nationwide institutions, comprising a black academic community during which energy buildings have been shaped and ideas have been unfold to high schools around the South. The professor enabled neighborhood college empowerment and utilized the collective knowledge of the community to pursue universal college initiatives resembling pressuring institution superintendents for investment, structuring expert improvement for academics, and producing neighborhood motion that was once knowledgeable via learn in educational perform. The professor was once uniquely situated to benefit approximately and install assets made to be had via those networks. Walker's checklist of the move of ideology from black organisations right into a neighborhood environment illuminates the remembered actions of black colleges in the course of the South and recollects for a brand new iteration the function of the professor in uplifting black groups.

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1 Byas entered Gainesville having accepted the position as the new professor at the newly renovated, self-contained Fair Street High School for black children. He believed the city and the new position held promise. The salary was better than the salary he had received the previous four years as principal of the Hutchenson Elementary and High School for black children in rural Douglas County, just west of Atlanta. Moreover, his new school was considered by many blacks to be among the best high schools for blacks in the state of Georgia.

43 The process of completing the curriculum survey did require the full school year. At its end, the professor requested money from the superintendent to publish the results. Since no money had been expended that year for a truancy officer, the request seemed a reasonable one.

22 The problem for Byas in this first round of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was that the local school board had accepted MFEP moneys from state coffers to build a new school for black children but was now was refusing to appropriate sufficient funds to equip the new school. This dilution of responsibility at the local level meant that a new building might be constructed 26╇ |╇ D r . J e k yll and M r . 23 In the case of the new building at Hutchenson, Byas had been informed by his superintendent that he had $6,500 to spend for equipment for the whole school.

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