In the process of writing a book that covers the struggle of a group of people over an extended period of time, one must rely on historical materials obtained from different sources. Therefore, the author wishes to thank the Interlibrary Loan System at Northern Arizona University (NAU) for making it possible for him to secure the materials he needed to produce this study; the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and Double Delta Industries for additional materials and photographs included in the study; the Arizona Public Library for allowing him access to public documents that he needed to complete the study; and the NAACP for materials and access to some historical photographs that appear in the book.
The author extends special appreciation to the staff at Cline Library at NAU for readiness to help in securing a variety of materials, and to the Office of Regents Professors at NAU for the financial support he needed to travel to collect materials for the study. Several of the author’s colleagues at NAU and members of the National Science Association are thanked for support and encouragement while he was producing the study and presenting papers at professional conferences during the past several years. The idea for the study came out of these papers.
The author also extends his gratitude and appreciation to a variety of individuals who helped produce the study and gave suggestions for its improvement: Betty Russell and George Covington, of the Center for Excellence in Education at NAU, for programming the computer to produce the manuscript more efficiently; Dr. Dione Brooks Taylor of Point