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North Carolina Reaction to The Supreme Court Decision on Segregation

Date: circa 1954

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 three-page report written by Benjamin L. Smith, around 1954, regards the North Carolina reaction to the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Smith writes that there have been mixed reactions within the black community, and that the local newspapers have supported the decision. He reports on the reaction of politicians, acknowledging that some want to "circumvent the decision." He also discusses the Greensboro Board of Education's decision to comply with the law, and writes of the responses they have received from citizens.


Format of original: Report

Collection: Benjamin Lee Smith Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.1.960

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