Education: Quiet Day at Little Rock

With other self-conscious youngsters whose names begin with G, 16-year-old Ernest Green, Negro, filed across the speakers' platform set up last week in the stadium of Little Rock's Central High School, got a handshake and a diploma from Principal Jess W. Matthews. Watching intently were Ernest's mother and brother, his classmates, part of a detail of 200 federalized National Guardsmen and 137 cops. Two days before, as Central High seniors marched away from their baccalaureate service, a white youth was arrested for spitting in the face of a Negro girl. But from the white parents gathered for the graduation of...

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