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Dr. Jone’s Dream: Equal Education Long Before Brown v. Topeka Kansas

“How come the Negroes live in shacks?” I asked with the innocence of an ten-year-old.

“Because they are so poor,

“Why the poor?”

“Cause they don’t have any land.”

“Hey, I see lots of land,” I said pointing to towards a sprawling plantation with stately white pillars. “The whole town could fit in that house; it’s bigger than a hotel!”

At Piney Woods School, my brother and I played basketball with the black boys on a dirt court in a sun-baked paradise surrounded by pine and honey-scented pink and white magnolias. I thought I had died and gone to heaven

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