Education: The Crime of Minnie Lee

In her 21 years as a teacher in little (pop. 2,500) Lakeland, Ga., Mrs. Armstrong B. Baskin, 64, never aroused anything but praise in the community. A farmer's wife, she worked hard for her $3,300 a year, was well liked both by her elementary-school pupils and by their parents. Last week Minnie Lee Baskin was out of a job. Reason: she had outraged the sensibilities of Lakeland's whites.

She committed the outrage with all the innocence in the world. One day last December she inadvertently dismissed her fourth-grade class late, found that the school bus, which normally takes three of her boys...

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