Before visiting a school in Kansas, I stopped by the Topeka schoolhouse museum dedicated to the desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, decided in 1954.

Before visiting a school in Arkansas, I stopped by the iconic Central High School, integrated by the Little Rock Nine in 1959.

So before visiting a school an hour north of Memphis last week, naturally I went to the National Civil Right’s Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, the site of the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

That is all to say that the history of the civil rights movement and its decades-long quest for equal rights and educational quality was at the top of my thoughts when I stood in the hallway of Covington High School during morning announcements.

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