Jerry Jones, born in 1947 in the small southwest Virginia town of Glade Spring, is no stranger to segregation.
Glade Spring, Va. (PRWEB) October 06, 2011
Jerry Jones, born in 1947 in the small southwest Virginia town of Glade Spring, is no stranger to segregation and tells all in this new book. When his mother graduated from seventh grade in the 1920s, no high school even existed for black children in that county; she and her brothers were homeschooled. Attending public schools was not easy for African-Americans in the era of segregated schools and the Jim Crow mindset. Although the Supreme Court ruled in 1954’s groundbreaking case Brown v. the Board of Education that racially separate schools systems should end, it wasn’t until 1965 that it happened in Washington County, Va., where the author lived.
Go and Come Again details the public school experiences of generations of Jones’ ancestors, from his great-grandfather (a former slave) to his own ordeal being bused about 60 miles a day for high school. After teaching for more than four decades, Jones is well qualified to comment on education and its importance to communities. His experiences as a student, as well as those of his ancestors and community members, aren’t unique but provide a realistic snapshot of the challenges African-Americans faced trying to educate themselves as well as their successes. Photos from both the early days to the present add a personal touch to the author’s narrative.
This is the second book for author Jerry Jones, who has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia State University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech. Jones, who began teaching in 1969 at a Baltimore high school, taught at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond before accepting a teaching post in 2001 at Emory & Henry College so he could care for his elderly mother.
For more information, visit http://www.goandcomeagain.com
GO AND COME AGAIN: SEGREGATION, TOLERANCE, AND REFLECTION: A FOUR-GENERATION AFRICAN-AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL STRUGGLE
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ISBN: 978-145750-502-7 168 pages $15.95 US
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