Wills: Philadelphia Dilemma

Squarely in the middle of North Philadelphia's Negro ghetto stands a high-walled oasis: Girard College (endowment: $70 million), a 42-acre stretch of green lawns and classic buildings devoted to the free education of 700 "poor, white male orphans." To desegregate Girard has become the consuming passion of Cecil Moore, the militant president of Philadelphia's N.A.A.C.P. "It's a perpetual red flag," protests Moore. "A boy wakes up every morning to see a reminder that he's inferior."

Last week N.A.A.C.P. pickets ringed Philadelphia's State Office Building as Girard's trustees conferred inside with Pennsylvania's...

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