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Parents Vow to Continue School Boycott in Brinkley

BRINKLEY, AR - Parents in Brinkley who say black students are not being treated fairly have pledged to continue holding their children out of class.  About 300 black students were held out starting last Wednesday, which was when students were to take the state benchmark exam.

A number of local churches have been serving as makeshift classrooms for the children being held out.

At a meeting last night at Mount Olive Church, parents involved in the boycott were told by two black school board members that the white majority on the board will not address their concerns.

School officials say if the students do not return to school soon, they will face mandatory remedial classes and their parents could be held legally responsible.

The boycott group, Concerned Citizens of Brinkley, says the boycott will continue, perhaps beyond the end of the school year.  The group is also calling for more blacks to work in upper-level jobs in the district.

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