Gene Crowder of the Justice Department meets with the school board and discusses faculty desegregation. School board votes unanimously to forward a modified desegregation plan to the state superintendent of education. The modification deals primarily with faculty desegregation. The board agrees to Property Valuations place five black teachers in previously all-white schools. The board votes to close all-black Cedar Lake School near Decatur.
The U. S. Supreme Court rules that freedom-of-choice policies are unconstitutional when other methods , such as zoning , promise “speedier and more effective conversion to a unitary , non-racial school system.
School board files a petition in court asking for more time to eliminate Morgan County’s dual school system. Federal courts order Morgan County to show how it plans to eliminate any school that is all-white or all-black. During the 1968-69 academic year , 50 percent of the black students in Morgan County attended all-black schools. At the start of the 1969-70 school year, no blacks attended all-black schools. Board files a plan with the court to “totally” eliminate Morgan County dual school system at the beginning of the 1970-71 academic year. She was the first black child I met, and she was in my first-grade class at Old Public in Lawrence burg, Tenn.
That was in 1980. I lived in the southern part of the county where there were few black families, so I never met a black child at church or elsewhere until I went to school in the northern part of the county near where my parents worked. She was the tallest girl in class and her hair always looked beautiful because it was fixed with colorful bows or ponytail holders. I remember telling Mama about her, and Mama telling me, “Be nice to her, but don’t be too friendly. “At school the next day, I looked at her in confusion. But why did that make her so different that I shouldn’t be too friendly?