Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel of Louisiana orders all Roman Catholic schools in the New Orleans diocese to end their policies of racial segregation.
Rummel's order doesn't explicitly mention segregation or even race, though:
"Effective at the time of registration for the 1962-63 school session, all Catholic children may apply for admission to the Catholic schools of the archdiocese according to accepted educational standards."
State Senator E.W. Gravolet, himself a Catholic, says that the new instructions could produce "mass boycott" of Catholic schools in Louisiana:
"I don't think the parents in these parochial schools will take this lying down. Catholic schools are a lot different from public schools. Parents of that parish built those schools and consider them private schools for their children. Parochial education is a church affair. However, the state is somewhat interwoven by supplying books, transportation, lunches, and other fringe benefits. So then it becomes potentially a state problem"
Protesters gather outside his residence carrying signs declaring that the Bible preaches segregation.