National Affairs: Courage in Van Buren

Egged on by the local police chief, the leading toughs of the Van Buren, Ark. High School staged a 45-man school "strike" and managed to scare away the 13 Negro youngsters trying to return to school at term's beginning. Last week the Van Buren school board, wavering before pressure to revise the integration plan that worked last year, announced a public hearing for the anti-integration White Citizens' Council. Up before the meeting that night, to the general astonishment, stood Jessie Angeline Evans, 15, grocer's daughter, straight A student and one of the rare juniors to be elected president of the high...

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