School Integration: Fifth Year

Archive Report

Continuing Resistance to Desegregation

New Tests at Opening of Schools in Virgania

The 1958-59 school year, fifth since racial segregation in public schools was declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court, opens in the wake of events which foreshadow new clashes between state and federal authority in southern states. Following a long stretch of preliminary legal maneuvering, the hard core of Virginia's comprehensive “massive resistance” program probably is finally to be tested in actual operation. Renewal of last year's conflict at Little Rock, Ark., hangs on action of the Supreme Court and of the state legislature—both called into special session to take up the touchy situation revolving around mixing of the races at that city's Central High School. Meanwhile, continued hardening of opposition in the ...

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