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Ayantee 1963
Greensboro, North Carolina: The Students of the Agricultural and Technical College at Greensboro, 1963. Very Good. Quarto. 170pp., plus student directory. Ownership signature of Bristol Martin, Jr. of Havelock, North Carolina on front pastedown. Small splits at the ends of the joints, some modest rubbing and wear, sound and very good. Yearbook of an all-black college. Contains a few lengthy inscriptions to "Bris," one suggesting Bris have a "swinging time this summer" but "not from limb to limb." While Seniors have individual portraits, the underclassmen do not. Junior classman Jesse Jackson (attended 1961-1964) appears in at least two photos, easily identified after a cursory search, and may appear in others. Oddly, his name does not appear in the directory (and a brief search suggests that the directory is flawed from several perspectives). More visible in the book are playwright, author, and poet Owen Dodson, who served as an instructor in the English Department, and Ezell Blair, Jr., Joseph McNeil, and Franklin McCain, three of the Greensboro Four. The three, along with David Richmond, staged a sit-in at the Woolworth's lunch counter, in Greensboro which had refused to serve customers of color and which successfully brought about the reversal of Woolworth's policy of racial segregation in their Southern stores, and increased national sentiment for the rights of African-Americans in the South. Southern traditional black colleges were at the crucible of the expanding Civil Rights Movement, although the mostly bucolic and traditional yearbook images of that time belie that fact. Yearbooks of black colleges during this time period are hard to find, let alone one with such notably important historical content.
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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