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Jo Ann Allen Boyce

Biography

Jo Ann Allen Boyce

Jo Ann Allen Boyce was one of 12 students to desegragate Clinton High School in 1956. She has worked as a professional singer and a nurse. She lives in Los Angeles.

Jo Ann Allen Boyce

Books by Jo Ann Allen Boyce

by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy - African American Interest, Biography, Children's, Children's 10-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Prejudice , Racism

In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, 14-year-old Jo Ann Allen was one of 12 African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Jo Ann --- clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students --- found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. But what about just being a regular teen?