Public Schools: Decade of Desegregation

Ten years ago, in a major test of the Supreme Court's educational desegregation rulings, Arkansas' Governor Orval Faubus ordered out the National Guard to prevent Negro pupils from entering an all-white Little Rock high school. Last week Little Rock's school board unanimously named William Harry Fowler, 45, assistant superintendent for personnel—the man responsible for hiring and assigning employees throughout the system. Fowler is a Negro.

The appointment of Fowler is symbolic of how far toward integration Little Rock has gone under the watchful eye of federal courts. Although in many classrooms integration is only token, the community has accepted 1,850 Negro...

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