Integration: More Speed, Less Deliberation

"With all deliberate speed" was the well-calculated phrase that the Supreme Court used in 1955 to describe how U.S. public schools should be desegregated. Last week the court decided—in the words of Associate Justice Hugo L. Black—that "there has been entirely too much deliberation and not enough speed." In separate unanimous decisions, it gave federal district courts considerable powers to reverse one flagrant defiance of the law in Virginia's Prince Edward County and to challenge a typically tortoise-paced Southern effort at obeying in Atlanta.

"Inordinate Delays." There was a measure of exasperation and even anger in Justice Black's decision...

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