SCHOOL SEGREGATION - DAISY BATES
June 4, 1964
It has been ten years since the supreme Court decision against
segregation in. the schools. .
And it has been nearly seven years since that day I remember so
clearly -- when I took nine ohildren to school in my home town of
Little Rock, Arkansas.
Either way you remember, it has been a long time -- too long.
The Supreme Court declared that the desegregation of schools
should move with "all deliberate speed." Yet today, only 9 per cent
of the Negro children attending school in the South have been integrated.
Nor can the North be proud of its record, because it, too, is a sorry
For example, there 112,000 Negro children in Arkansas. Only
366 are enrolled in desegregated schools.
There are many reasons that can be offered for the slow progress
that has been made. Perhaps "excuses"is the best word.
When I think back on the walk that I took with nine children
to Little Rock's Central High School in 1957, one thing stands out: