• Short Summary

    IN THE RACIALLY BESIEGED COUNTY OF PRINCE EDWARD IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA A SCHEME HAS BEEN DEVISED WHICH WILL PERMIT NEGRO CHILDREN TO RETURN TO SCHOOL.

  • Description

    IN THE RACIALLY BESIEGED COUNTY OF PRINCE EDWARD IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA A SCHEME HAS BEEN DEVISED WHICH WILL PERMIT NEGRO CHILDREN TO RETURN TO SCHOOL. FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS THE COUNTRY'S EDUCATION DOORS HAVE BEEN CLOSED TO THEM BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES SEEKING TO THWART A FEDERAL INTEGRATION ORDER.

    NOW IN FARMVILLE, A PREDOMINANTLY FARMING AREA, THREE OF THE SHUT-DOWN SCHOOLS ARE TO BE RE-OPENED. THEY WILL BE RUN BY A RACIALLY MIXED FACULTY AND WILL BE OPEN TO CHILDREN OF ALL RACES. THE SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN LEASED FROM THE COUNTY'S EDUCATION AUTHORITIES BY A PRIVATELY FINANCED ORGANISATION.

    IT MEANS 1,700 AMERICAN NEGRO CHILDREN WILL BE IN SEPTEMBER RE-OPEN TEXTBOOKS CLOSED TO THEM SINCE 1959. THE VACUUM IN H THEY WERE PLACED BY THE ANTI-SEGREGATIONISTS WAS ONLY PARTLY FILLED BY THE CLASSES ORGANISED BY VOLUNTEER TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FROM NEW YORK CITY. BUT MANY HAVE LAPSED INTO SEMI-ILLITERACY.

    THE CRISIS IN STATE EDUCATION WAS SPARKED OFF BY THE U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING IN SUPPORT OF SCHOOL INTEGRATION. THE COUNTY'S SCHOOL BOARD - WITH THE STATE'S BLESSING - REACTED BY CLOSING ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE WHITE CHILDREN WENT TO THE OLD SCHOOLS REINCORPORATED AS "PRIVATE SCHOOLS".

    THE SUGGESTED SCHOOLING PLAN FOR NEGRO CHILDREN WAS THOUGHT OUT BY A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICIAL. IT IS NEITHER INTEGRATION NOR SEGREGATION, BUT A COMPROMISE WHICH A NEGRO LEADER DESCRIBED AS "A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9BE8P13MUMAWHIKJRTMQ238AG
    Media URN:
    VLVA9BE8P13MUMAWHIKJRTMQ238AG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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