Based on the film Crisis in Levittown, PA,​ who are the Myers family, and what is their neighbors' response to them moving into the neighborhood?

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The Myers family was a middle income black family that wanted to move into a comfortable suburban home. The film notes that in August 1957, Levittown attracted “international attention” when William Myers, Jr. moved his family into a house in Levittown. According to the documentary, “violence erupted” following this event.

The Myers family fit the traditional profile of a Levittown family in most respects. They had small children, and Mr. Myers was a veteran who worked as a lab technician while studying for a degree. His wife was a college graduate. They were close to “the Levittown norm,” the film notes, with the exception that the family was black.

Some neighbors protested; one even threw a rock. One woman who was interviewed in the film feared that property values would decline. Some people protested at the Levittown shopping center. One man who was interviewed in the film pointed out that it was a small number of residents who protested and that the majority of people did not.

The human relations council tried to help the Myers family integrate into the neighborhood easily. According to the website buckscounty.org:

The Council is dedicated to lessening discrimination based on age, race, color, gender, religion, creed, culture, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, ancestry, handicap or disability; provides resources for referrals and assistance to individuals and communities facing human relations issues.

In fact, “the vast majority of Levittowners went peacefully about their daily activities,” according to the film. Some neighbors supported the Myers family's move into Levittown; some people were even shocked that people were opposed.

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