The South: This Righteous Cause

As far as most Mississippians are concerned, any Negro who tries to get himself educated in a white school ought to have his head examined—and sometimes does. Four years ago, the first Negro to attempt to register at the University of Mississippi was clapped into a mental institution for a couple of weeks. Last year a Negro who sought admission to Mississippi Southern College was sentenced to seven years' hard labor on a charge of stealing $22 worth of chicken feed. Last week Mississippi was back in the battle to keep its schools lily white.

Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black...

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