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RFK Hails Peaceful Desegregation

Sept. 8, 1962 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy hailed today the peaceful desegregation of many Southern schools this week. He spoke optimistically about the outlook for the South as a whole. At the same time, he noted that in three states — Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina — not a single school or college had been desegregated. “This is the second consecutive school year in which every public school system being desegregated for the first time has made this important transition without public disorder,” Mr. Kennedy said. “This is a mark of the growing acceptance everywhere of the need for significant progress toward the realization of the constitutional rights of all American children. Obviously, there is a great deal more to be done.” The rural areas remain most resistant to integration. In Georgia and Louisiana, for example, only Atlanta and New Orleans have started to integrate.

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