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November 14, 1960

New Orleans schools desegregated

Desegregation crept into the major industrial centers of the South when black children were admitted to schools in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

On November 10, U.S. District Judge J. Skelley Wright had stopped the state from putting new anti-school-integration laws into effect. That same day, the New Orleans school board approved plans to admit five black children to two previously all-white schools. 

On November 13, the state legislature took control of New Orleans schools, fired the school superintendent, and ordered all schools closed on November 14. Judge Wright then issued a new order banning the state from interfering with the schools. 

As angry white parents jeered at them, four black children enrolled in the two schools on November 14. White protests, including a boycott, continued for most of the rest of the school year.

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