Left Bank Books welcomes Washington University assistant professor Michelle Purdy, who will sign and discuss her new book, Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools!
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of “Transforming the Elite” from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
When traditionally white public schools in the South became sites of massive resistance in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education, numerous white students exited the public system altogether, with parents choosing homeschooling or private segregationist academies. But some historically white elite private schools opted to desegregate. The black students that attended these schools courageously navigated institutional and interpersonal racism but ultimately emerged as upwardly mobile leaders. In “Transforming the Elite,” Michelle A. Purdy combines social history with policy analysis in a dynamic narrative.