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Mississippi Desegregation / Coahoma County #3259

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 06, 1969
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(Studio) Federal Court in New Orleans gives Mississippi schools until end of 1969 to end segregation. If school's own plans accepted, they'll be given until September to desegregate. Plans to divide Mississippi students by ability attacked by Civil Rights leaders as another means of imposing segregation.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Coahoma Cnty., Mississippi) White children outnumbered 4-1. Black parents claim ability tests designed for middle-class whites. [Coahoma NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Reuben SMITH - gives example of bias in tests.] [School Supt. Paul HUNTER - says Department of Health, Education and Welfare demanded plan that would have placed whites in 20-1 situation. Whites would take children to private schools instead of that.] [Sharecropper Geneva PRIMER - says wants children to have good education so they'll be better than me.] Blacks organization freedom schools rather than submit children to white man's ability tests.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

Farmer, Don;
Smith, Howard K.

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