This (being written before film shot) should show the end result of a protracted dispute in New York City.
This (being written before film shot) should show the end result of a protracted dispute in New York City. Civil rights groups, for several years, have been protesting that all-negro public schools are detrimental to the education of negro children. The schools are all negro, in New York City as elsewhere, because normal U.S. public schools serve their immediate neighbourhoods and, if the immediate neighbourhood has a largely negro population, the school will have a largely negro enrolment.
Last spring, the City of New York announced a plan aimed at ending this so-called "de facto segregation". The city "paired' some schools, pairing a largely white school with a largely negro school nearby. Children who would normally have attended a nearby neighbourhood school thus, in some cases, had to attend a school farther from home. A group of white parents protested vigorously. Calling themselves the Parents and Taxpayers Association they held some demonstrations and demanded an end to the involuntary transfer. The transfer is known as "bussing" since the kids are taken to school on school busses.
The school year opened this fall; the integration went off, but a large group of parents staged a boycott. They sent their kids to their former school and staged a sit-in. After the third day, 65 mothers were arrested. They were from the Jackson Heights (district of Queens, in New York City) and the struggled focussed on PA 149.
On the night of 9 October, the Jackson Heights PAT descended on Gracie Mansion in City Hall, claiming that they would stage a sit-in there, stay up all night holding a vigil, and try to storm the building. Gracie Mansion is the official residence of the Mayor of New York. This scene - the vigil and hopefully some action - is what should be in the film.