Lead: After the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional in 1954, Virginia leaders tried to incite massive resistance to integration. They were encouraged by a novel, but ultimately ludicrous, constitutional theory, interposition.

Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the early days after the epochal Supreme Court decision, the reaction of Virginia’s leaders was muted, but then the returns from the Southside began to come in. Governor Stanley appointed a Commission to study the implications of the Court decision, and the so-called Gray Commission recommended a modified form of local option, which would allow some districts the chance to experiment with integration.

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