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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, June 10 - 11, 1966
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Rice Prof on School Law Suit, 06/10/66: A Rice University professor comments on the impact of school segregation. He also discusses a pending lawsuit, most likely Broussard v. Houston Independent School District. Onesephor and Yvonne Broussard brought a civil rights suit against HISD on behalf of African-American students. The case took place in Judge Alan B. Hannay's courtroom. The Broussard family argued that the construction of new schools in predominately black neighborhoods perpetuated de facto segregation by preventing black and white students from integrating within schools beyond the residential perimeter. A characteristic of residential or neighborhood segregation, the creation of schools within specific neighborhoods reinforced the existing pattern of segregated schools. On July 13, Judge Hannay ruled against the plaintiffs, finding insufficient evidence that the school district acted against the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). In this segment, the professor describes the dangers of "neighborhood policies" on African-American children, who do not receive the same treatment or quality of education as white students. Those who defend this phenomenon, such as HISD Superintendent Glenn Fletcher, argue that schools are merely placed within certain neighborhoods. Although United States District Court Judge Ben C. Connally ordered HISD to integrate beginning in 1960, the transformation was slow and often ineffective. It took Houston decades to completely desegregate its public schools, and questions of de facto segregation remain. 
    Amigos, 06/10/66: Young volunteers with Amigos de Los Americas load boxes into a truck. Amigos de Los Americas is a nonprofit national youth leadership development organization headquartered in Houston. In 1966, the group led a person-to-person aid project for Honduras. 
    Billy Carter, 06/10/66: KHOU news reporter Nick French reports on the Harris County Refuge for Dependent, Neglected Children. He focuses on Billy Wayne Carter, a five-month old child, abandoned at a nursery by his parents. French speaks to one of the caseworkers about the possibility of Billy becoming a dependent child and a ward of the county if his parents do not come for him. 
    Abandoned Kid, 06/10/66: Footage of Billy Wayne Carter in his crib
    Welch on Hot Summer, 06/10/66: Houston Mayor Louie Welch comments on growing racial tensions across Houston. He compares the situation with Watts, the Los Angeles neighborhood where unrest turned into days of riots in August 1965 following allegations of police brutality against African Americans. While Welch acknowledges similarities between the tense environment in Watts and Houston, he proclaims his city is not the same kind of "hotspot."
    Fire Fatal, 06/10/66: Firefighters search a damaged house after a deadly fire
    "10 Days," 06/11/66: Antique sale and art show at the second annual Lunar Rendezvous Festival, which sought to promote and preserve the accomplishments of the space sciences. The festival seen here included 10 days of events and coincided with the Gemini 9 space mission. 
    Blood Donors, 06/11/66