Local Issue
Episode Number
Reading, Writing and Race
Producing Organization
WNDT (Television station : Newark, N.J.)
Contributing Organization
Library of Congress (Washington, District of Columbia)
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Episode Description
Through the use of documentary film footage, interviews with members of the opposing factions and narration, this episode looks at the highly inflammatory school desegregation issue in New York City. When New York's schools opened in 1964, civil rights groups and the Parents and Taxpayers - a predominantly white parent group - were in disagreement over the city Board of Education's use of the controversial "Princeton Plan" to achieve racial balance in the schools. The plan called for transporting white students into schools in other parts of the city where the enrollments are predominantly Negro, and, at the same time, transporting Negro children into neighborhood schools where white pupils are in the majority. The conflict obscured the Board's plan for a revolutionary reorganization of the school system that eventually could integrate all schools in the city. A major part of this plan is the emphasis placed on quality education in ghetto schools - raising theme to a level where integration will come much easier for their graduates - coupled with the establishment of middle schools that were intended draw pupils from territories large enough to influence integration of Negro and white children at an earlier age than now possible. Appearing in this episode is Rosemary Gunning, executive secretary for the Parent and Taxpayers Coordinating Council (PAT), which announced the white boycott of New York City schools for September 14, 1964; Jacob Landers, chief of Integration Planning, New York City Board of Education; and June Shagaloff, special assistant for Education, National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP). READING, WRITING AND RACE: a 1964 production for National Educational Television by WNDT, New York. (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche)
Series Description
In this series several of National Educational Televisions affiliated stations take a close look at controversies in their own areas that may greatly affect the entire nation. Each of the local problems is presented from the points of view of those who have been involved in it, or who have watched its gradual development. The 32 half-hour episodes that comprise this series were originally recorded on videotape. (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche)
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Social Issues
Local Communities
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Director: Myhrum, Robert
Executive Producer: Weston, William
Interviewee: Shagaloff, June
Interviewee: Landers, Jacob
Interviewee: Gunning, Rosemary
Producer: Wicklein, John
Producing Organization: WNDT (Television station : Newark, N.J.)
Writer: Wicklein, John
AAPB Contributor Holdings
Library of Congress
Identifier: cpb-aacip-73bedb882da (Filename)
Format: 1 inch videotape: SMPTE Type C
Generation: Master
Color: B&W
Library of Congress
Identifier: cpb-aacip-10e5953371c (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Generation: Copy: Access
Color: B&W
Library of Congress
Identifier: cpb-aacip-e5c0b0529da (Filename)
Format: 2 inch videotape
Generation: Master
Color: B&W

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Format: video/mp4
Generation: Proxy
Duration: 00:29:51
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Chicago: “Local Issue; 2; Reading, Writing and Race,” 1964-09-06, Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed February 22, 2024,
MLA: “Local Issue; 2; Reading, Writing and Race.” 1964-09-06. Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. February 22, 2024. <>.
APA: Local Issue; 2; Reading, Writing and Race. Boston, MA: Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from