Flashback: Mob Blocked Integration Efforts at Mansfield High School in 1956

Editor's note: Take a look back into The Dallas Morning News archives.Going back to school wasn't so simple for some decades ago. On Aug. 30, a crowd of white men and women crowded around Mansfield High School to block and intimidate black students from registering at the segregated school. When a Dallas federal judge refused to allow the school to integrate, the NAACP appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court, which authorized the school to allow the admission of black students. Mansfield became the first school district in the state ordered to integrate.The school integrated on Aug. 31, 1965, almost 10 years after the court ordered integration.   Continue reading...

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