• Short Summary

    SEPT 6 WAS BACK-TO-SCHOOL DAY FOR THE CHILDREN OF DALLAS, TEXAS; THE DATE ALSO MARKED THE BEGINNING OF DESEGREGATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE CITY.

  • Description

    SEPT 6 WAS BACK-TO-SCHOOL DAY FOR THE CHILDREN OF DALLAS, TEXAS; THE DATE ALSO MARKED THE BEGINNING OF DESEGREGATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE CITY. IN CONTRAST WITH MANY OTHER SOUTHERN AREAS OF THE UNITED STATES, IT WAS ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE MINIMUM OF FUSS.

    UNTIL NOW DALLAS HAS BEEN THE LARGEST CITY IN THE UNITED STATES STILL DEFYING THE 1954 DESEGREGATION RULING OF THE SUPREME COURT. BUT AS THE SCHOOL BELLS CLANGED SEPT 6, TEN NEGRO GIRLS AND EIGHT NEGRO BOYS, ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR PARENTS, ENTERED EIGHT CITY SCHOOLS WITHOUT INCIDENT.

    THE CHILDREN THEMSELVES WERE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE MAJOR ISSUES AT STAKE. LIKE ANY CHILDREN ANYWHERE THEY WERE FINDING THEIR FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL A RATHER ALARMING EXPERIENCE. FIVE AND SIX-YEAR OLDS, CLUTCHING FIRMLY TO PARENTAL HANDS, TOOK THEIR FIRST STEPS UP THE SCHOOL PATH UNMOLESTED BY RACIAL DEMONSTRATORS AND WITH FEAR ONLY OF THAT MOMENT WHEN THEIR PARENTS WOULD GO BACK HOME, AND THEY WOULD BE ON THEIR OWN IN THE BIG WORLD.

    SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAID THE NEGRO CHILDREN HAD BEEN TREATED PLEASANTLY WITHIN THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS BY WHITE CHILDREN AND PARENTS. A NUMBER OF WHITE PARENTS WERE SAID TO HAVE COMMENTED THAT, DESPITE PAST RESERVATIONS ABOUT INTEGRATION, THEY WERE HAPPY THAT EVERYTHING WENT SO SMOOTHLY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3O2ETRQ0RJI35KPHHBEJO8ZQG
    Media URN:
    VLVA3O2ETRQ0RJI35KPHHBEJO8ZQG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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