From Clarksdale & Coahoma County A History by Linton Weeks:
–In 1919, Clarksdale became the first city in Mississippi to offer public kindergarten.
–In 1949, Coahoma Junior College joined the Mississippi network of public junior colleges, thereby becoming the first public junior college for Negroes in the state, and eligible for state monies.
–In 1957, the Carnegie Public Library in Clarksdale was one of the first libraries in the country to use television, featuring a stream-lined English course with the assistance of WKNO television station in Memphis.
“And it was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” —2 Thessalonians 2:14
Our Father in heaven,
The light of Your presence shone from Moses’ face. It flooded Solomon’s temple at its dedication. It radiated from Jesus and bathed His disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration. Holy is Your name.
We lift up the educational system in Coahoma County and humbly request a reordering. No more cheating scandals, Lord.
May Your glory reveal itself through the Christians who are in the educational system, through repentance and prayer, praise and worship, in unity with their brothers and sisters in Christ. Guide them to weave biblical principles into their tasks.
If they lack the eyes of Christ, help them to look again and see anew. When the blind man said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around,” did not Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened? His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly. Do so for the vision of the educational leaders in Coahoma County, Lord.
May the Christians in the schools reflect the light of Your glory and lead the schools into the identity that You have ordained for them. One step at a time, transform the schools to be a light upon a hill. Amen.