“There is a group of second-graders at Public School 66 who cannot figure out why white and negro children cannot go to the same school in some Southern communities. They have put the question to the White House. These boys and girls who come from a mixed neighborhood in the East Bronx had not encountered segregation. When they came across an article on school segregation, they were puzzled.
Before long, the class, led by their teacher, Rita Stafford was engaged in a mass letter-writing project. Tony, one of the students wrote: “Children can learn more if they are not separated because when you work together you can do more than you can by yourself.” A secretary at the White House wrote the students back saying that President Eisenhower had read the letters and appreciated the student’s thoughtfulness in writing to express their views.
-Adapted from a New York Times article, 4/19/1957