For a great many years Mississippi has had in effect what is called a dual system of public schools, one system for white students only and one system for Negro studetns only. On July 3, 1969, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals entered an order requiring the submission of new plans to be put, into effect this fall to accellerate desegregation in 33 Mississippi school districts. On August 28, upon the motion of the Department or Justice and the recommendation of the Secretary of Health. Education & Welfare, the Court of Appeals suspended the July 3 order and postponed the date for submission of the new plans until December 1, 1969. I have been asked by Negro plaintiffs in 14 of these school districts to vacate the suspension of the July order. Largely for the reasons set forth below, I feel constrained to deny that relief.
Black, Hugo. Justice Black, Application to Vacate Suspension of Order, Alexander v. Holmes County Bd. of Educ., 396 U.S. 19 (1969). Box 367, Harry A. Blackmun Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.