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Roanoke City School Board Meeting
(WDBJ Television, Roanoke, VA)

Dr. Edward W. Rushton, superintendent of schools in the city of Roanoke, stated that there were no plans to integrate Roanoke schools. His comments were in response to a letter to the school board from Rueben E. Lawson, attorney and president of the Roanoke chapter of the NAACP. Lawson asked plainly which of the city's public schools would be integrated and when. Rushton and the school board decided to comply with the state orders against integration, insuring continued state funding for the city's schools and avoiding a possible school closing and withdrawal of state support. The school board replied to Lawson's letter in a statement that read: "the board does not contemplate at the present time any change in the operation of the public schools in Roanoke." (Roanoke World News, August 21, 1956)
About the film
  • Date: August 20, 1956
  • Sound: Yes
  • Duration: 00:41
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