Races: Time Runs Out in Mississippi

The words were couched in a soft Southern drawl, but the message was sharp and hard as steel: "When we say you have to get started, that is what we mean—tomorrow." Thus did Federal Judge Griffin B. Bell, in a conference with school officials last week, lay to rest a decades-old system of racial segregation in 30 Mississippi school districts. By Dec. 31, 26 of the districts will have to have completed reassignment of students and faculty of both races, put new school-bus routes in operation and taken all other necessary steps to end segregation. The four others have...

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