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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1956 August

In Richmond, Va., WSLS-TV Reporter Joe Moffatt Interviews State Delegate John C. Webb Regarding Stanley Plan

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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1 min., 48 sec.
WSLS-TV reporter Joe Moffatt interviews John C. Webb, Virginia state delegate, regarding Governor Thomas B. Stanley's proposal to enact legislation that would deny state funding to integrated public schools while offering state-funded tuition grants for students seeking to attend segregated private schools. Webb refers to the proposal as "almost fraudulent," arguing that Stanley and other politicians tricked the people of Virginia into supporting the legislation by touting its "flexibility," using false promises of local pupil assignment boards to suggest that the legislation would enable decisions about integration to be made locally. Webb asserts his belief that Virginia should begin to comply with Supreme Court orders to integrate.
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