ARKANSAS: Prophecy by Faubus

In Orval Faubus' Arkansas, still be clouded by the storms that Faubus stirred up in Little Rock three years ago, it is a big and scary decision for a school board to assign a Negro pupil to an all-white school. Last week, after a long spell of foot dragging, the Dollarway school board at the segregationist stronghold of Pine Bluff (pop. 40,000) got up its nerve, and in minimum compliance with a 1959 federal court order, hand-picked six-year-old Delores Jean York, daughter of a Negro mill hand, to enter the first grade of the all-white Dollarway public school. "First-graders,"...

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