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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of African American children and their mothers apparently registering to attend previously all-white Catholic elementary schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1962 June 5

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Creator:WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Title:WSB-TV newsfilm clip of African American children and their mothers apparently registering to attend previously all-white Catholic elementary schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1962 June 5
Date:1962 June 5
Description:

In this silent WSB newsfilm clip, possibly from June 5, 1962, three African American women with four African American children appear to register for classes in previously all-white Catholic elementary schools in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The clip begins with three African American women walking with the four African American children down a sidewalk and up the stairs of a school, apparently called Lafayette School. The African American children are dressed in all-white. Inside the building, a white teacher hands cards to the mothers as they enter a room. A chalkboard behind the teacher has "Tuesday, June" written on it; the rest of the writing on the chalkboard is obscured. The African American mothers appear to speak to a white woman sitting at a desk. The camera focuses on the three African American boys and the African American girl as they wait for their parents. The clip ends with the children and their mothers walking down the steps of the school.

Although federal judge J. Skelly Wright ruled New Orleans school desegregation laws unconstitutional in 1956, legal maneuvering by the Louisiana State Legislature prevented the public schools in New Orleans from integrating until ordered by federal courts in November 1960. During this time, leaders of the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, especially Archbishop Joseph Rummel, indicated their support of integrated education but also announced that "certain difficulties" made immediate school desegregation impossible. The New Orleans Archdiocese was home to the largest group of African American Catholics in the United States but also faced stiff opposition to integration from white Catholics, including Plaquemine Parish boss Leander Perez and Orleans Parish School Board member Emile Wagner. On March 27, 1962, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced plans to integrate kindergarten through the eighth grade that fall. On September 4, 1962, the first day of classes that fall for the Catholic schools, between 150 and 200 students integrated thirty-two parochial schools in New Orleans.

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The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for digital conversion and description of the WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection.

Types:Moving images | News | Unedited footage
Subjects:Segregation in education--Louisiana--New Orleans | School integration--Louisiana--New Orleans | Race relations | Catholic schools--Louisiana--New Orleans | African American women--Louisiana--New Orleans | African American students--Louisiana--New Orleans | African Americans--Civil rights--Louisiana--New Orleans | Women, White--Louisiana--New Orleans | Race relations--Religious aspects | New Orleans (La.)--Race relations--History--20th century | New Orleans (La.) | Orleans Parish (La.)
Collection:WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection
Institution:Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
Contributors:Digital Library of Georgia | Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection | Civil Rights Digital Library Collection (Digital Library of Georgia)
Online Publisher:Athens, Ga. : Digital Library of Georgia and Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, University of Georgia Libraries | 2007
Original Material:

1 clip (about 1 min.): black-and-white, silent ; 16 mm.

Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection.

Rights and Usage:

WSB-TV newsfilm clip of African American children and their mothers apparently registering to attend previously all-white Catholic elementary schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1962 June 5, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0775, 28:07/28:44, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.

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Persistent Link to Item:http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/crdl/id:ugabma_wsbn_34975