This paper examines one such organization: the Stouffer Foundation, a white southern organization that between 1967 and 1976 provided scholarships to nearly 140 students of color, mostly black students to desegregate and attend southern K-12 elite private schools. Anne Forsyth, the founder, was the daughter of Anne C. Stouffer and granddaughter of R.J. Reynolds, owner of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to believing that the program would aid black students, Forsyth rationalized starting the program because of the benefits she believed both black and white students would acquire. Through archival research and oral history interviews of Stouffer Foundation leaders and recipients, this paper interrogates this underlying assumption by considering the ways in which Stouffer Foundation administrators recruited students, prepared them to enter into these educational spaces, and supported their matriculation. Moreover, this story captures the ways in which perceived such liberal notions and practices intersected with the realignment of the conservative South.
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