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Oral history with R.B. Layton

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Creator:Layton, Reber Boyce, 1912-
Creator:Healy, Thomas
Creator:Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Title:Oral history with R.B. Layton
Date:1977 Nov. 1

Oral history interview conducted on November 1, 1977 with R. B. Layton by Thomas Healy. Mr. Layton was involved in the Jackson Public Schools as a teacher, a principal, and a curriculum director from the late 1930's to the middle 1970's. Layton was director of communications during the late 1960's and the early 1970's during the first years of integration in the Jackson public school system. Topics discussed include: education; teaching in the Jackson public schools; being a principal in the Jackson Public Schools; being curriculum Director for the Jackson public schools; organizing a War Bond campaign during WWII; starting a general arts program; vocational education; programs for exceptional children; developing a book to explain the "New Math" to parents; textbook adoption; individualized instruction; the common core curriculum; compulsory education; school desegregation; private schools; federal involvement in education; program learning; dealing with the needs of slower learners; education personalities; the publishing business; the philosophy of education; and the impact of the mass media.

This interview is part of the Civil Rights Documentation Project, funded by the Mississippi Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Types:Oral histories | Transcripts | Text
Subjects:Layton, Reber Boyce, 1912- | African American educators--Mississippi--Jackson--Interviews | African American teachers--Mississippi--Jackson--Interviews | Mississippi--Civil rights | School integration--Mississippi--Jackson | School administrators--Mississippi--Jackson | Jackson (Miss.)--Education | Public schools--Mississippi--Jackson | United States, Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson, 32.2987573, -90.1848103
Collection:USM Oral History
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
Original Material:

Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi, vol. 639, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

Mississippi oral history program of the University of Southern MS, vol. 538, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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Forms part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

Forms part of the Mississippi Oral History Program Collection in the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

Forms part of University of Southern Mississippi Digital Collections.

Forms part of the Mississippi Digital Library.

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