Desegregation: The American Dilemma March 25, 1956

Roy Wilkins, march 25, 1956

“There is no dilemma that cannot be resolved by moves to obey the law. Legal action is the principal weapon where the states have chosen the extreme position of point-blank refusal to comply. In states where repeated attempts by Negro parents have failed to elicit a response from school authorities, legal actions are planned that will advance the situation to a point where a beginning toward compliance can be required by federal judges.

“Such a strategy is of the very essence of moderation. To do less would not be moderate; it would be abandoning the cause of desegregation ot those who have sworn that it shall never come to pass.”

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