Nashville, TN: Southern Education Reporting Service, 1954-1965. Sixty issues of the tabloid-format newspaper, on better than usual quality paperstock, horizontal fold creases but otherwise still supple and not toned. First several issues have wear along the spine, with a tear along the leftmost part of the fold on issue number 1. Issues present are Vol. 1 nos. 1-9; Vol. 2 nos. 1, 5-12; Vol. 4 nos. 3, 11, 12; Vol. 5 nos. 2, 6, 9, 11; Vol. 6 nos. 2, 3, 7, 8; Vol. 7 nos. 1, 3, 6, 10, 11; Vol. 8 nos. 2, 4, 6, 10; Vol. 9 nos. 1, 2, 4-11, 12 part 1; Vol. 10 nos. 1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11 section A; and Vol. 11 nos. 1, 5, 9-11.
Colbert Augustus McKnight, of the Charlotte News, was the first executive director of the Southern Education Reporting Service, a journalistic organization formed just before public school segregation was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. An introductory blurb in the papers states that "Southern School News is the official publication of the Southern Education Reporting Service, an objective, fact-finding agency established by southern newspaper editors and educators with the aim of providing accurate, unbiased information to school administrators, public officials and interested lay citizens on developments in education arising from the U.S. Supreme Court opinion of May 17, 1954 declaring segregation in the schools unconstitutional. SERS is not an advocate, is neither pro-segregation nor anti-segregation, but simply reports the facts as it finds them, state by state." An important source of reportage on the impact of the court's ruling, and of activism from both sides, on the segregation issue in both small rural schools and major cities.
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