1969 December 13

Mississippi Governor to Aid School Desegregation Suits in North


Mississippi Governor John Bell Williams on this day announced a plan to help file school desegregation suits in states outside the South. He claimed that $1 million in state funds would be available to assist the plan. Williams argued, with considerable justification, that de facto racial segregation existed in other states. His avowed purpose, he explained, was to create crises over school integration in other states that would cause the federal courts and/or Congress to change their minds about school integration. “Now we’re going on offense,” he declared. He then taunted the supporters of racial integration, the NAACP and the ACLU, to join Mississippi in its school desegregation plan.

Learn more: James T. Patterson, Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and its Troubled Legacy (2001)

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