Mosi Secret

Spring 2020

Mosi Secret, an independent journalist, is writing a book, A Narrative History of the Desegregation of Southern Boarding Schools, 1967-1975, that examines the long-term outcomes of a social experiment. In the late 1960s, 140 talented black and brown boys and girls were recruited to integrate all-white, Southern boarding schools, to address the extent to which such integration might make white children less bigoted by exposing them to black scholarship students. For ten years, the Stouffer Foundation of Winston-Salem, N.C., led the effort, and attempted to fashion a social science study of the results. Secret’s project is a narrative history of this philanthropic experiment, tracing the arc of the participating students’ lives and examining the era’s promise of desegregation.

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