Shari L. Williams chronicles the story of the self-determined black citizens who against tremendous odds “founded and governed schools, collected money to build and improve school houses, advocated for school attendance, and funded the extension of school terms.” 

Williams creates a composition of their inspirational lives through a compilation of articles from The Messenger newspaper and brings forth their testimonials to place them at the center of the narrative about the revolutionary Negro rural school movement in the Jim Crow South. 


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Your purchase will benefit two outstanding charitable organizations!  Proceeds after publishing and shipping costs will be donated by the author to The Ridge Macon County Archaeology Project and The South Macon Community Foundation, Inc., both 501(c)3 community-based organizations dedicated to serving the South Macon County and the surrounding region.

The South Macon Community Foundation, Inc. mission and vision:

To acquire, renovate, restore and re-purpose the facility and properties once known as Macon County Training School, South Macon High School and South Macon School in the Roba community.  This will be accomplished by using green technology when and where appropriate.

The vision of the South Macon Community Foundation is to provide alternative ways of recapturing and building upon the rich heritage of South Macon County, Alabama, starting with the restoration of the school facility as a catalyst for economic growth and development and other quality-of-life improvements (email to request additional information).