National Affairs: Back to Boycott

Eleven weeks after court-decreed integration began at two New Orleans elementary schools, the court order was still being treated with legalized contempt. At the William Frantz school, where as many as 23 white students had once defied a howling segregationist mob, only seven whites were left in school with a solitary six-year-old Negro youngster. At McDonogh 19 the white boycott was complete; the only students were three little Negro first-graders. Then one day the boycott seemed to crack. Gregory Thompson, 10, reported to McDonogh 19. A couple of days later, Greg's brother Michael, 8, walked to school with him.

Neither the Thompson...

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