The Bee newspaper in Danville, Virginia, announces [pdf] the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education on May 17, 1954. In an earlier post, I suggested that delay was the order of the day, and you can already see it happening. Danville’s school superintendent O. T. Bonner, whose lunch was interrupted by the news, “declared that it will take some time to think the matter through with ‘a level headed attitude.'” He suggested that it would be “some time” before any solution could be worked out. He also passed the buck, suggesting that “it will be up to the state to take initial steps.”
Danville’s mayor, meanwhile, was attending “a Dutch Treat luncheon.” Although he made no official statement, “he apepared [appeared?] to think that a lot of thinking will have to be readjusted.”
He was right about that.