Education: Quiet Along the Potomac

Shoulder to shoulder under a purple umbrella, two girls left their porticoed high school one drizzly afternoon in Washington. D.C. They seemed identical —lumpy teen-agers with bandannas and sagging sox—except that one was a Negro, the other white. Last week, as other Southern cities rumbled angrily (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS), such quiet scenes in the nation's capital spoke volumes about school integration—which Washington once viewed with frightened alarm.

The fright was triggered by Washington's "massive compliance" in 1954. As Southern Congressmen cried havoc, the school board quickly zoned the city, ordered students to attend only the schools in their areas. Effect: integration of...

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