Redlands Daily Facts from Redlands, California on July 18, 1963 · Page 13
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Redlands Daily Facts Thurs., July 18, 1963 - 13 Citizens groups pave way for peaceful change By AL KUETTNER United Press International As racial segregation barriers have toppJed in school disJricis of the South, grassroots citizens' organizations spearheaded by parents and teachers often have paved the way for a peaceful Irajisitiojj. Since the days of the Central High School desegregation crisis in Little Rock sue years ago, the local action groups have had their fling at the civil rights issue. Their names have become staccato symbols of the problem. S-O-S. ABLE. OASIS. HOPE. Those Were the trademarks for parents who banded together to insure continuing classes in the face of hometown integration. A new group in Birmingham has joined the others. Held First Meeting The organization is known as PEP for '•Public Education Peacefully." It held its first meeting Tuesday night in Birmingham, which has been ordered to submit a school desegregation plan in August. J. Vernon Patrick, an attorney who lives "over the mountain" in the residential suburb of Vcstavia, • presided in a courtroom on the third floor of the Jefferson County Courthouse. With him up front were six or seven PEP leaders who had hoped to attract a crowd sjTTipathetic to keeping schools open, even if desegregated. A crowd of approximately 350 packed the courtroom, spilling into the balcony. They carried pla- • cards with such remarks as "Birmingham — Betrayed But Not Beaten." Patrick and his PEP group tried to talk about schools but it did not go well. Ralph Edwards, a steel mill worker who identified himself to the crowd as a "redneck," told Patrick to "sit down, you don't even live in Birmingham." Patrick Was Ignored Patrick's group had brought a projector and a documentary film about how Dallas, Tex., had peacefully desegregated its schools. The chairman asked someone in the back room to turn out the lights so the film could get started. He was ignored. The meeting finally broke up without any action. Outside.-segregationist pickets paraded around the courthouse. Another Alabama grassroots session went into action with better success. This was ".-Mabamians Behind Local Education" (ABLE) at Mobile, which also has been ordered to desegregate schools. The group was promptly designated as ABLE. An ABLE announcement said that "whatever our feeling on this issue, Mobilians must stand together again to preserve the school s>-stem for which we have worked and paid taxes." A delegation from Atlanta's "Help Our Public Education' (HOPE) and an "Organization for Assisting the Schools in September" (OASIS) went to Mobile recently to confer and give advice. Mobile was following much of the Atlanta plan. "Save Our Schools" In New Orleans,.a similar group was called "Save Our Schools' (S-O-S). Jacksonville, Fla., picked the title of "Aid September Stu dents in Sensible Transition' (ASSIST). Five such groups were active in Virginia. Basically, the activities of all the groups were the same—providing speakers for civic and community clubs and PTA meeUngs and lobbying before legislatures and local government bodies. They have v;orked to encourage discus- sim of the problem. They have helped school and police officials • in spotting and ironing out difficulties before, during and after the transition. Mrs. Dan Barge, of Atlanta, a HOPE leader who went to Mobile, said "We found there a group that didn 't want to overturn the communitj' but simply wanted to prepare for this thing in a calm and intelligent way. They didn 't want to bypass anything except racial misunderstanding." Eddie Fisher denies rumor LOS VEGAS, Nev. (UPI)-Singer Eddie Fisher, estranged husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, has denied rumors he plans to marry New York model Renata Boeck. "I don't know what my plans are," said Fisher Wednesday when asked about the rumors. "We are good friends. She's visiting here in Las Vegas," added the singer. 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