The Firsts

THE FIRSTS

The children who desegregated America

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Jo Ann Allen Boyce and nine other Black students walk together down an empty road on their first day of desegregating Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee.
Howard Sochurek / The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty

The Undoing of a Tennessee Town

Jo Ann Allen Boyce and 11 other students desegregated their high school in Clinton, Tennessee. Then the riots came.