In 1955, Clyde Kennard, a decorated army veteran, was forced to cut short the final year of his studies at the University of Chicago and return home to Mississippi due to family circumstances, where Kennard made the decision to complete his education. Yet still on the eve of the civil rights movement in America, Kennard’s decision would be one of the first serious attempts to integrate any public school at the college level in the state. The Life and Times of Clyde Kennard tells the true story of Kennard’s efforts to complete his further education at Mississippi Southern College (now the University of Southern Mississippi) against the backdrop of the institutionalized social order of the times and the prevailing winds of change attempting to blow that social order away. As Meredith’s admission to "Ole Miss" became more widely known at the time, Kennard became the forgotten man. Author Derek R. King shares his extensive research into Kennard’s life, and touches on key events that shaped those times.
BIOGRAPHY I am child of the 1960s, and searching the decade for notable events came across a name I had never heard of before--Medgar Evers.
Hungry for more knowledge about Medgar Evers I discovered a wealth of information, but, another name kept cropping up--Clyde Kennard. However, in nearly all of the books, magazines, and websites at the time, Clyde Kennard only received mention in two to three paragraphs or two to three pages.
Despite vigorous searching, I could find no books dedicated to Clyde Kennard's journey, so I became determined and passionate about telling his story and his efforts to complete his higher education in his home state of Mississippi, at Mississippi Southern College (now University of Southern Mississippi).
So after more than ten years of detailed, painstaking research comes this book, The Life and Times of Clyde Kennard.
Clyde Kennard's life is an uplifting and inspiring story of perseverance, and committed determination to right wrongs.
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