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More Southern Schools to Integrate

Aug. 25, 1962 - Public schools in Chattanooga, Tenn., Pensacola, Fla., and several other Southern communities, along with parochial schools in North Georgia and in New Orleans, are expected to drop racial barriers this fall. These moves are foreseen as effects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision of 1954 continue to reach deeper into the Southland. In addition, there may be a big step toward abandonment of the token integration policy in North Carolina. Officials there were among the first to abide by the Supreme Court decision but since then have limited schools to token desegregation. This fall, however, 413 Negro pupils are being assigned to 7 predominantly white schools in Charlotte. Durham has assigned about 54. The state’s total may reach 700, in comparison with 203 last year.

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