South: Governors Against the Law

In a crassly political, last-gasp attempt to block school desegregation, Southern Governors last week were openly encouraging their constituents to defy the Supreme Court. In Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana, where school districts have been ordered to desegregate by Feb. 1, the Governors were making speeches and leading rallies against the court. The latest court order also applied to Archsegregationist John Bell Williams, Governor of Mississippi, who had watched helplessly as 29 of his state's school districts were desegregated by court order after the Christmas recess.

All school districts will eventually go the way of Mississippi's, but the Governors were...

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