The Supreme Court: Speeding Desegregation

Southern school districts in increasing numbers are finding it impossible to defy the Federal Government any longer by delaying the desegregation of their classrooms. After 15 years, "never" is becoming "now." Two weeks ago, 28 Mississippi school districts, their legal ammunition expended, bowed to the U.S. Supreme Court's demand for immediate desegregation and ended dual schools. Last week the court ordered 14 more districts serving 293,000 pupils to do the same. In a 6-to-2 decision, it gave districts in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida until Feb. 1 to desegregate their schools. Dissenting were Chief Justice Warren Burger and Justice...

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