Making a Way: Ulysses Byas, First Black School Superintendent in the Southeast, and His Fight for Educational Reform

Title Making a Way: Ulysses Byas, First Black School Superintendent in the Southeast, and His Fight for Educational Reform
Author Marilyn Robinson
Publisher Inspiring Voices
Category Personal Memoirs
Published 2013-12-24
Language English
Format EPUB
Pages 186
Downloads 34
Views 40

Summary

Making a Way traces the life of Ulysses Byas from childhood through his tenure as the first black superintendent of the Macon County (Alabama) Schools, as told to coauthor Marilyn Robinson. This biography relies on extensive interviews that Dr. Robinson conducted with Dr. Byas, as well as an examination of his collection of documents.

Dr. Byas unique experiences and skills informed the strategies he used to attack the fiscal deficit, the physical plant deterioration, and the educational performance deficiencies he found as superintendent of the Macon County Schools. His professional life was dedicated to using creative approaches to addressing problems brought about by segregation and the policies of separate but equal schooling.

Ultimately, Dr. Byas faced a dilemma over whether or not to confront Gov. George Wallaces political machine and its discriminatory policies governing the licensure of the Alabama Educational Television network. Only time would tell whether his testimony would have dire results for him and the school system, or whether it could successfully overcome the racist programming endemic in the South.

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