Do not be deceived: they protested desegregation with their own schools because they weren’t racists (right?)
This photo (taken from Southernspaces.org/Nashville Public Library) is worthy of a dissertation. If you asked these guys if they were racists they would likely say, “no.” It is this type of duplicitous thinking that dominated white Southern gospel-centered churches in the Southeast in 1964-1965. So many will argue that their churches were not racist even though they silently did not pursue race-mixing in their congregations while claiming to be “friends” of blacks.
Pay attention, then, to all the “Christian” schools all over the South that launched during, or soon after, 1965.
Here’s a 1970 story from a high school in Clarksdale, MS,
During the first year of desegregation, the former all–white ninth grade was given special permission to stay where they were on the white high school campus. The school district did lose 378 of the 381 white seventh and eighth grade students (Ellard, 1975, p.119) because, according to the court order, those grades were required to attend the former Riverton Junior High School in the black part of town. Oakhurst Baptist Church in Clarksdale served as a temporary school. During the summer of 1970 Lee Academy, a private “white–flight” school, was built just outside of town. The next year, most of the white students attended the new academy.
The whole story here.