Civil Rights: End of the Facade

The Alabama pea-and-cotton-belt town of Tuskegee, where 75% of the 7,000 population is Negro, has for some time enjoyed a reputation as one of the Deep South's harmonious havens of racial progress. Two members of the five-man city council are Negroes, and the town has long been influenced toward liberalism by the presence of a community of Negro scholars and students at Tuskegee Institute, founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington. Last week Tuskegee's self-satisfied image received a mortal blow. One of Tuskegee Institute's 2,751 students, Freshman Sammy Younge, 21, was shot to death in downtown Tuskegee by...

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