Thursday, February 18, 2010

Atlanta Education System 1950-2000

This is a photo of the delegates from the 42nd annual conference of the NAACP. It was held in Atlanta, Georgia from June 26-July 1, 1951. It was in this period that the NAACP launched its "equality under law" campaign to end segregation in public schools, specifically primary and secondary schools. There were several lawsuits including one against the Atlanta school system in 1950. It was this campaign, spearheaded by Thurgood Marshall, that led to the 1954 Brown vs Topeka Board of Education. This decision, ruling segregated schools unconstitutional, would dominate the education arena in Atlanta, as well as the entire south, in the years to come.

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