Black, White and Catholic

by Robin Shannon, Mary Wilson
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The push for racial integration in a New Orlean's Catholic College

In 1948, a group of Catholic college students, black and white, confronted the archbishop of New Orleans and demanded to know why the Catholic schools of their Crescent City couldn't desegregate.

It took six years for the New Orleans Province of Jesuits to issue a new policy of racial integration. And it took another ten years after that to effectively desegregate their schools and churches. Father Bentley Anderson, S.J. tells the story.

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