Integration: Dickie's Decision

Scared but delighted, the locked-out Negro children of Virginia's Prince Edward County resumed their education last week in four public schools leased by the Prince Edward Free School Association. And right there among them, his white face conspicuous in a sea of black ones, was a 6-ft., 180-lb. boy of 17 named Richard Moss—the single nonconformist who deliberately chose to go to school with 1,500 Negroes.

Dickie's inspiration comes from his father, Dean Gordon Moss of Longwood College in Farmville, the county seat. For four lonely years, in letters, speeches and interviews,...

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