VIRGINIA: Ignorance for All

One of the four lawsuits that led to the historic 1954 Supreme Court decision (Brown v. Board of Education) on school integration began in Southside Virginia's tobacco-raising Prince Edward County. Last week, to all intents and purposes, public education ended there. Finally facing a federal court's no-way-out order for token integration at September's school opening, the county board of supervisors refused to appropriate funds (budget: $780,000) to open the 21 schools and run them this year. Unless Negro plaintiffs can find a legal lever to force open school doors, Prince Edward's 1,304 white children will henceforth be educated in...

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