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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1955 December

State Senator Earl Fitzpatrick Speaks at Roanoke, Va., Community Council on Education Meeting, in Support of Anti-Integration Gray Commission 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., 35 sec.
State Senator Earl Fitzpatrick speaks during a session of the Roanoke, Va., Community Council on Education on a proposal by the Virginia Commission on Public Education, also known as the Gray Commission, that calls for a constitutional amendment authorizing the state to withdraw public funds from integrated public schools while offering tuition grants to students enrolling in private schools to avoid integration. Fitzpatrick argues that the plan is "a moderate approach between two extremes," maintaining that the constitutional amendment will preserve the public school system while ensuring that students of all races have access to education.
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