THE SOUTH: Death by Drowning

When the doors of northwest Miami's Orchard Villa Elementary School swung open last month, only 18 pupils trooped in. Rattling about in the nearly empty school, which had been built to accommodate 430, were 14 whites and four Negroes, whose mingling was part of Florida's first attempt at integration. Last week the Dade County school board took action toward ending even that trickle of integration—not, as has happened in other Southern communities, by damming it up, but rather by drowning it out.

Although 67 white children in the Orchard Villa district had been transferred to segregated schools elsewhere, parents of the...

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