Social Justice Research

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 117–124 | Cite as

Journey Forward: The Black Experience in Context

Christopher M. Span: From Cotton Field to Schoolhouse: African American Education in Mississippi, 1862–1875, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2010, 264 p, Hardcover: $34.99, ISBN 0-80783-290-1
  • Neffisatu J. C. DamboEmail author
  • Yukiyo Soejima

From Cotton Field to Schoolhouse was a fantastic read. Span discussed ongoing challenges of African-Americans and their experiences in the USA. Span challenged the reader to view the lived experiences of ethnic minorities. He presented historical stories that are often unreported, silenced, and repeated in our society today; suppressed stories also known as the hidden truth. Span encouraged readers to search for truth in its total perspective. He provided countless testimonials, which emphasized the reality of historical events and allowed individuals who overcame the experiences to have a voice. Their voice and perspectives were presented without being silenced by the ideal of patriotism in America, the fear of insulting those who lacked exposure to the experience, or those who believed racism and violence were nonexistent. In this manuscript, the authors examine Span’s (2009) book From Cotton Field to Schoolhouseand expand on his discussion regarding the inequitable experiences of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Counseling, Quantitative Methods, and Special EducationSouthern Illinois University CarbondaleCarbondaleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational Administration and Higher EducationSouthern Illinois University CarbondaleCarbondaleUSA

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