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History Note: Harry Golden and Integration

In the 1956 May-June issue of the Carolina Israelite, Harry Golden wrote a tongue-in-check plan on how to desegregate public spaces.

The essay stated that no one in the South had a problem standing beside each other. However, issues occurred when different races sat amongst each other. 

He suggested that seats in schools and lunch counters should be removed to achieve “vertical integration.” This minor change, Golden proposed, would assure a peaceful integration in the South.

The original May-June issue of the Carolina Israelite can be found in the Harry Golden Papers in the J. Murrey Atkins Special Collection.