THE SOUTH - EDUCATION: An Unfinished Task

During the desegregation of Little Rock's Central High School in 1957, a local Catholic priest received a phone call from a Boston clergyman asking what steps the church was taking to cool the hostilities. The answer did not completely satisfy the Bostonian. Last fall the Little Rock priest dialed his Yankee colleague: "I'm returning your call," he said. The Bostonian hung up.

Throughout the South, news of Northern and Border-state unrest over busing has been greeted with understanding and something more than a little regional hubris. For 22 years, since the Supreme...

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