• Short Summary

    ALMOST HALF OF THE ONE MILLION PUPILS IN NEW YORK CITY'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS STAYED AWAY FROM SCHOOL YESTERDAY (MONDAY) IN SUPPORT OF A CIVIL RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOR TOTAL RACIAL INTEGRATION IN THE SCHOOLS.

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    ALMOST HALF OF THE ONE MILLION PUPILS IN NEW YORK CITY'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS STAYED AWAY FROM SCHOOL YESTERDAY (MONDAY) IN SUPPORT OF A CIVIL RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOR TOTAL RACIAL INTEGRATION IN THE SCHOOLS. PICKET LINES WERE SET UP OUTSIDE 297 OF THE 863 PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE CITY.

    PICKETS AND A LARGE CROWD OF DEMONSTRATORS, MANY CARRYING BANNERS, GATHERED OUTSIDE THE OFFICES OF THE CITY'S BOARD OF EDUCATION. THEY CLAIMED THAT THE BOARD'S PROGRAMME TO END RACIAL IMBALANCE IN SCHOOLS WAS "TOO LITTLE AND TOO LATE."
    THE DEMONSTRATIONS THAT TOOK PLACE WERE ENTIRELY PEACEFUL BUT 2,000 POLICEMEN WERE ON DUTY AT THE SCHOOLS AND ANOTHER 6,000 WERE HELD ON RESERVE.

    IN MANY SCHOOLS MORE THAN 80 PER CENT OF THE PUPILS ARE NEGROES OR PUERTO RICANS, AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS HAVE SEEN URGING THAT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES SHOULD BE REDRAWN AND NEW PLANS DRAWN UP TO INTEGRATE THESE SCHOOLS. ONE OF THEIR MAIN ARGUMENTS HAS BEEN THE 1954 SUPREME COURT RULING THAT "SEPARATE BUT EQUAL" SCHOOLS ARE "INHERENTLY UNEQUAL". THEY COMPLAIN THAT WHILE RACIAL SEGREGATION WAS ILLEGAL IN NEW YORK, IT EXISTED IN FACT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEXIUPYLA6MKO0INIX9GD68UNE
    Media URN:
    VLVAEXIUPYLA6MKO0INIX9GD68UNE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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