Quotation by Sarah Patton Boyle

... in 1950 a very large slice of the white South stood at the crossroads in its attitude toward its colored citizens and [was] psychologically capable of turning either way.
Sarah Patton Boyle, U.S. civil rights activist and author. The Desegregated Heart, part 1, ch. 8 (1962).

Boyle was a faculty wife at the University of Virginia in 1950. When the university admitted its first African American student, Patton vocally supported the student and observed that many whites "whom I had not suspected of being liberal" privately expressed approval of her public stand.
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