SUPREME COURT: A Chance to Play

Without comment or formal opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court last week tersely ordered public parks, playgrounds and golf courses desegregated. It required fewer than 70 words for the Supreme Court to make two separate rulings, one affirming an appeals court decision against segregation in Maryland parks and playgrounds (including swimming pools), the other reversing lower-court decisions that had upheld segregation on Atlanta golf courses.

In the South, politicians fulminated against the Supreme Court and made plans to circumvent its rulings. Among the first and loudest in the field of protest were Georgia's Governor Marvin Griffin and ex-Governor Herman Talmadge. Cried...

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