Historical Perspective: 1957 Documentary Of The Clinton 12 by Edward R. Murrow

In August, 1956, twelve students made history by becoming the first to African-Americans to attend a state-supported high school in the south. On their first day of school, many gathered at the elementary school they had attended to walk down the hill to Clinton High school.

The students became known as the “Clinton 12″ and their story put Clinton into national spotlight.

In August, 1956, twelve students made history by becoming the first to African-Americans to attend a state-supported high school in the south. On their first day of school, many gathered at the elementary school they had attended to walk down the hill to Clinton High school.

The students became known as the “Clinton 12″ and their story put Clinton into national spotlight.   As the Southern Education Desk is running a series this week on the re-segregation of southern schools (“Segregation Shift: The New Faces of an Old Problem”), we thought you might like to see this piece of unique history through the ‘eyes of the time‘ in this 1957 documentary from the legendary team of Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly at CBS-TV

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