Leaders urged to let the courts help solve desegregation case

HAMMOND—A LARGE CROWD gath- ered at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church to hear Nelson Taylor, lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the ongoing 1965 civil rights case against Tangipahoa Parish School Board. The case was filed by the late M.C. Moore 49 years ago against

the 19-member school board. Taylor told attendees he felt the need to speak to residents after reading and hearing about all of the good things that were directed at him.

“Before going any further, let me tell you a little about myself,” he said. “I was twenty 27 years old and just out of law school when I got this case. I am a well trained civil rights lawyer, only interested in enforcing the 14th Amendment and protecting my clients, a class of Black children and their parents.”

He also told attendees he isn’t op- posed to magnet or specialized pro- grams many of which are Hammond- area schools, but that he is opposed to providing enhanced academic offerings in some schools and not others.

Taylor denounced the ideal of indi- vidual taxing districts. He urged implementation of a single-bonding district,which he said he believes will lead to fairness in the distribution for all of the parish schools.

All portable building must be moved from Midway Elementary School and other schools around the parish, he said. The school board promises to build three new schools, which they never did, the board has the money—$50 million— more than enough to build three new schools.

By Eddie Ponds