November 24th, 2004

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To Reopen Our Schools

"At the fifth hour, darkness took the throne;
At the sixth hour, the earth shook and the wind cried;
At the seventh hour, the hidden seed was sown;
At the eighth hour, it gave up the ghost and died.

At the ninth hour, they sealed up the tomb;
And the earth was then silent for the space of three hours.
But at the twelfth hour, a single lily from the gloom
Shot forth, and was followed by a whole host of flowers". --John Gould Fletcher

In the late 1950s, Little Rock, Arkansas became one of the first cities in the south to implement public school integration. The move to integrate schools came in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and a subsequent determination that rather than being more or less instant, school integration would be implemented with "all deliberate speed".
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