Public Schools: Alabama Must Integrate

In an effort to end some of the academic deprivation that Negro children have suffered in Alabama, a federal district court last week ordered the state board of education to integrate all public schools by next fall. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel marks the first time that an entire state has been put under injunction to desegregate. Previously, civil rights organizations have had to seek rulings against individual school districts. Despite years of bitter court litigation, only 19 of Alabama's 118 school boards have been explicitly enjoined to end segregation in their schools.

The new court order, signed by...

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