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Mississippi town's schools finally ordered to desegregate

Mississippi town's schools finally ordered to desegregate

More than six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “separate but equal” has no place in the nation’s public school system, a federal court has ordered the schools in a small Mississippi town to finally integrate.

Cleveland, a city halfway between Memphis and New Orleans in the Mississippi Delta, has long been divided by a railroad track that separates east from west and black from white. More than two-thirds of the local school district’s 3,700 students are African American. Half of its schools are all black or nearly so.

Children who grow up on the east side attend the predominantly black D.M Smith Middle School and East Side...

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