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On this date in 1968 the Kerner Report was made public. The American Civil Rights struggle of the 1960’ was making inroads, integration of southern school districts was progressing and by 1967, 22% of the Black students in the 17 southern and Border States were in integrated schools.
Riots, discrimination, and increased violence from whites remained part of the American fabric. The continuing separation of blacks and whites in most areas was emphasized in 1968 when the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (the Kerner Commission) issued a report that said, "our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white separate and unequal."
The commission was headed by Illinois Supreme Court Judge Otto Kerner and Vice Chairman A(loysius) Leon Higginbotham.