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Superintendent and Desegregation

Date: May 21, 1955

Author: Benjamin Lee Smith

Biographical/Historical abstract: Benjamin Lee Smith was superintendent of the Greensboro City Schools at the time of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision ordering desegregation of public schools.

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Description: This speech by Greensboro school superintendent, Benjamin L. Smith, was given to the American Association of University Women in Raleigh, North Carolina, on May 21, 1955, and presents Smith’s position on school desegregation. Smith admits that desegregation will be difficult for the South, briefly describes the history of the South, and explores how African Americans will be responsive to the change. Smith continues by sharing instances of integration, and argues that because the Supreme Court mandated desegregation with Brown v. Board of Education, it needs to be implemented.

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Format of original: Speech

Collection: Benjamin Lee Smith Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.1.1001

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