• Short Summary

    THE PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CLOSED DOWN ALL SCHOOLS IN 1959, REFUSING TO APPROPRIATE LOCAL FUNDS TO OPERATE AN INTEGRATED SCHOOLS SYSTEM, ORDERED BY THE U.

  • Description

    THE PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CLOSED DOWN ALL SCHOOLS IN 1959, REFUSING TO APPROPRIATE LOCAL FUNDS TO OPERATE AN INTEGRATED SCHOOLS SYSTEM, ORDERED BY THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. SINCE THEN 1,700 NEGRO CHILDREN IN THE COUNTY HAVE BEEN WITHOUT SCHOOLING; WHITE STUDENTS ATTEND A SYSTEM OF PRIVATE ENDOWED SCHOOLS.

    AT THIS RALLY PLANS WERE ANNOUNCED TO PROVIDE EDUCATION FOR NEGRO CHILDREN. A PRIVATELY FINANCED ORGANIZATION WILL LEASE THREE OF THE SCHOOL-BUILDINGS -- NOW UNUSED -- FROM THE COUNTY AUTHORITY. THEY WILL BE RUN BY A RACIALLY MIXED FACULTY; AND OPEN TO CHILDREN OF ALL RACES. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN FORMING THE NEW SYSTEM.

    ADDRESSING THE RALLY, THE REVEREND L. GRIFFIN, PRESIDENT OF THE VIRGINIA STATE CONFERENCE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLOURED PEOPLE, SAID THE SCHOOL WAS A STEP ON IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. HE SAID THE NAACP WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK FOR AN INTEGRATED PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAXVVUBGX7XSLIMAMKZ5J008IZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAXVVUBGX7XSLIMAMKZ5J008IZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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