Education: Moderate Victory

The Houston school board, which runs the nation's largest (159,200 students) segregated school system, last week found itself in an unsettling situation—its newest member, 42-year-old Mrs. Hattie Mae White, is a Negro. A former public school teacher and mother of five children, Mrs. White startled Houston citizens when she announced her candidacy ten weeks ago. She was written off as a crusading eccentric when she ignored a vacant seat on the school board, decided instead to run against Board Member Dr. John K. Glen, a staunch segregationist.

At the outset, the liberal Houston Association of Better Schools, of which Mrs....

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