NORTH CAROLINA: This Night of Decision

In Charlotte, N.C. one evening last week, as the local school board gathered in the high-ceilinged city council chamber, one member stood up to offer a prayer: "We beseech thee, O Lord, cast thy shadow before us on this night of decision. We pray for those who will disagree. Enter into their minds and hearts, grant them enlarged understanding." A few minutes later came the board's announcement: acting in concert, school boards in Greensboro (pop. 87,100), Winston-Salem (115,800) and Charlotte (158,800) had approved "on their own merits" certain Negro applications (total: 12 out of...

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