National Affairs: Reading & 'Riting & Rubble

About five miles south of the Mason-Dixon line, the bleak, coal-mining town of Osage, W. Va. (pop. 900) promptly obeyed the Supreme Court's 1954 decision against segregated public schools. The Negroes (1958 count: 93 among 358 pupils) took their places in the nine-grade school (elementary and junior high) and became a reliable part of the basketball team. Two Negro teachers joined the 17-member faculty.

Osage's race relations soon grew so healthy that two Negroes were elected to the five-member city council organized in last year's self-improvement drive. "We're trying to get the community fixed...

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