Schools: Catching Up in Prince Edward

In the sweltering heat of Virginia's Prince Edward County, Negroes woke from long torpor last week to demonstrate against the most infamous segregationist tactic in the U.S. — the closing of all public schools there since 1959. White officials requested extra jail space in eight surrounding counties — enough, said one Negro leader, "to house every citizen of Prince Edward County, Negro and white, including horses, cattle and dogs." The poignant point of the strug gle was summed up in one teen-age picket's placard. It read: DEMOCRASY. "These niggers can't even...

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