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Paul Coates, Feb. 22, 1961

February 22, 2011 |  1:43 pm


  Feb. 22, 1961, Mirror Cover  

Feb. 22, 1961: Longtime readers of the Daily Mirror may recall Paul Coates’ 1959 columns about a young African American boy named Butch Harris, who faced exclusion from the Cub Scouts because of his race. Today, Coates has another instance of a black, 9-year-old boy who is being excluded from the Cub Scouts.

Notice the "Book Burning" item about the Assembly investigating the state Department of Education for burning 184,000 obsolete but unused textbooks. The state had burned hundreds of thousands of textbooks in the last few months, mostly English books for grades 4 through 8 and some music books, the Mirror said.

In this era, textbooks were printed by the state of California, which leased printing plates from commercial publishers, the Mirror said.  


Butch Harris on the Daily Mirror

  Feb. 22, 1961, Paul Coates