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Unreconciled : race, history, and higher education in the Deep South

Author: Arthur N Dunning
Publisher: Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2021]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Issues of race, history, and culture simmer just below the surface of our everyday lives. Few take the time to talk - calmly and rationally - about how we, as Americans, can reconcile the past to build a common future using logic, reason, and data. How do well-meaning people help a community move beyond its past when confronted by people who hold ingrained stereotypes, profit from maintaining the status quo, or are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur N Dunning
ISBN: 9780820358659 0820358657
OCLC Number: 1196820269
Description: xi, 276 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Contents: Part One. Coming of age in the Alabama Black belt of the 1950s --
The Alabama Black belt --
A sense of Southern place --
Navigating Jim Crow --
The will to learn --
The great migration --
Part Two. Changing a life's perspectives in places far from home --
It took leaving my country to find freedom and liberty --
Anger becomes resolve --
Taxes aren't segregated --
Lessons learned along the way --
The intersection of race and higher education in Georgia --
Part Three. A region paralyzed by its past --
Albany, the Egypt of the confederacy --
A city held hostage by its past --
A university with unsinkable determination --
The calm before the storm? --
Part Four. Never before in our nation's history --
Pushback in black and white --
A near derailment at square one --
When wounds go untended for generations --
Fallout when unreconciled --
Nudges toward healing --
Sometimes it takes tough love --
Part Five. What lies ahead --
Toward reconciliation --
Looking to the future.
Responsibility: Arthur N. Dunning.

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"Issues of race, history, and culture simmer just below the surface of our everyday lives. Few take the time to talk - calmly and rationally - about how we, as Americans, can reconcile the past to build a common future using logic, reason, and data. How do well-meaning people help a community move beyond its past when confronted by people who hold ingrained stereotypes, profit from maintaining the status quo, or are filled with antipathy toward one another? This book tells the story of how one man tried to do just that when he led the first non-court ordered consolidation of an historically black university with an historically white two-year college in southwest Georgia in 2016. Art Dunning came of age in southwest Alabama when the country had laws that separated blacks and whites in almost all aspects of life. The values instilled in him by his family and those in his close-knit community, together with life experiences through education, and from living, working, and traveling abroad over more than forty years as an educator, shaped his approach to leading Albany State University through its consolidation with Darton State College. The community's reaction to the consolidation proved to be an extreme example of what our nation is experiencing today. The thought of breaking the status quo in Albany, Georgia - of embracing diversity - brought out unseemly stereotypes, racial orthodoxy, tribalism, suspicion, and conspiracy theories. It peeled away at a veneer of "everything is just fine the way it is between blacks and whites," and exposed unhealthy patterns of behavior by community members who have very different memories of southern history. Could focusing on what is best for students spur the community to break the racial status quo in Albany? Can focusing on what is best for future generations of Americans do the same for our country?"--

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Unreconciled has two compelling stories, one of a young African American growing up in the deep South in the depth of the Jim Crow era and the other about the man, now a university president, charged Read more...

 
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