Interview with Jerris Leonard

And, could you talk about some of the specifics? In terms of the Civil Rights Division?


Sure. Pers- ah, one of the important ways in which we worked with local communities and local people was in school desegregation. We brought about a tremendous advancement in the desegregation of the schools in the eleven southern and border states in 1969 and 1971. That could not have been accomplished if we hadn't worked closely with local public officials, with local business people, labor people, community people, that's how it really got done. The numbers were really overwhelming. There were thousands and thousands of children that were, Black children, that were brought in to desegregated schools during that period of time.