Editorial Comment . . .
Announcement has just been made, as we go to press, that the
Kentucky House of Representatives has amended the Day Law by
a vote of 50-16. The Senate had previously approved the amend-
ment by a 23-3 vote. The Day Law, drafted over forty years ago
by Representative Day and passed by a Legislature of that period,
made it illegal to instruct Negro and white people in the same class,
and has been the biggest obstacle faced by those working for the
education of Negroes.
The amended bill provides that Negroes may attend any insti-
tution of higher learning in Kentucky if its governing body approves,
and if comparable courses are not offered at Kentucky State College.
The amendment, which had the support of Governor Earl E. Cle-
ments, was introduced by Senator Leon J. Shaikun, of Louisville, after
much of the ground work had been done by Representative Jesse H.
Lawrence, also of that city. The K. N. E. A. commends these
leaders upon the success of their efforts.
Repeal of the Day Law has been a major issue in the legislative
efforts of our organization for many years. We are encouraged
that within the last two years so much progress in fair thinking has
been made that the current amendments were possible. We are not
unmindful that Governor Clements gave them his official blessing.
We believe the experience throughout the State wherever integra-
tion may be permitted will be as satisfactory as it has been at the
University of Kentucky.
The idea of regional universities has been widely discussed during
recent years. It has its good points. But having originated in the
extreme South, it includes as a main element the acceptance of
racial segregation. This is the one point that has made it objection-
able to Negro and other progressive leaders. As the movement
progressed, Kentucky, officially, has been in contact, but not in active
participation. The plan, on its presentation to the Kentucky Legis-
lature, was viewed with concern by our Association, which joined