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Boston, Massachusetts / School Segregation #216115

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 14, 1971
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(Studio) Mississippi Senator John Stennis demands school desegregation enforced as vigorously in North as in South; cites Boston as example
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Boston, Massachusetts) Boston's open enrollment program, allows parents to transfer children to any school in city with vacancy; some white parents transfer children to mostly white schools; when confronted with Boston situation, Attorney General John Mitchell said didn't think it constitutional. [Senator John L. McCLELLAN - says at August 13, 1970 Senate committee hearing, if same situation existed in Little Rock, Arkansas, Justice Department would act against it tomorrow; demands fair treatment.] Department of Health, Education and Welfare conducting investigation of Boston schools. [Boston School Committee Chairperson Job LEE - says Boston system benefits blacks far more than whites; irked HEW approaching investigation critically.] [Massachusetts Education Commissioner Neil SULLIVAN - says when school becomes 30% black, white parents begin taking children out of school; Boston open enrollment system results in schools becoming blacker and whiter.] [Unidentified White MOTHER - says transferred child from incringly. black school as matter of physical safety.] [LEE - says doesn't see difference between Boston system and South freedom of choice systems; doesn't see why people object to freedom of choice.] [Boston City Cnslr. Thomas ATKINS - thinks blacks throughout United States have despaired of ever seeing effective enforcement of non-discrimination laws; blacks now want control of own neighborhood schools.]
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Schorr, Daniel
Duration:
00:06:10

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