Brandon Sparkman Recalls Worst of Times, Looks toward Best Future

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Author announces new marketing campaign for ‘Called to Jackson, Mississippi: The Last Bastion of Segregation’.

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Presenting a firsthand account of an important moment in American history, Sparkman’s new book offers readers a personal recollection of his, and other important figures, involvement in the desegregation of Jackson’s public schools.

Brandon Sparkman’s “Called to Jackson, Mississippi: The Last Bastion of Segregation: A Historical Documentary” (published by iUniverse) is a historical narrative of the excruciating execution of integration in the Jackson school community. Written by the man who was superintendant of schools during that period, Sparkman’s narrative is clear, cogent and concise.

Jackson, Mississippi, was the last place Sparkman would have chosen to work in 1970, but an anonymous threatening letter lured him there. Sparkman recalls his quest to ensure a quality education for all students in Jackson, and to save the schools from complete chaos and destruction during the height of desegregation.

“Called to Jackson, Mississippi: The Last Bastion of Segregation” details how, as a school administrator, he regularly faced rebellious communities, hostile parents, disruptive students, defiant elected officials, unreasonable judges and the Ku Klux Klan. It describes how he confronted the most hated man in Mississippi and how he courageously took the governor of the state to court while dismantling the last bastion of segregated schools, despite interference from his own assistant superintendants.

Presenting a firsthand account of an important moment in American history, Sparkman’s new book offers readers a personal recollection of his, and other important figures, involvement in the desegregation of Jackson’s public schools.

“Called to Jackson, Mississippi: The Last Bastion of Segregation”
By Brandon Sparkman
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 188 pages | ISBN 9781462049912
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 188 pages | ISBN 9781462049905
E-Book | 188 pages | ISBN 9781462049929
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Brandon Sparkman spent 35 years in public education serving as teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina. He is also a writer, speaker, consultant and adjunct professor. Semi-retired, he and his wife, Ann, live in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Sparkman is the former owner and CEO of an educational publishing company, and holds more than 125 publications in various trade books, magazines and instructional training materials.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations – self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.
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