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How Will The Supreme Court Decision Affect Greensboro and North Carolina?

Date: April 20, 1954

Author: James Mattocks

Biographical/Historical abstract: James Mattocks was an attorney in High Point, North Carolina, and also an activist in the civil rights and anti-war movements.

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Description: This is a handwritten copy of a speech titled “How Will the Supreme Court Decision Affect Greensboro and North Carolina” by High Point attorney, James Mattocks, given to the Greensboro Community Council on April 20, 1954. In this talk, Mattocks discusses the impending Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. He argues that school integration “is just one more step in the development of a genuine and effective democratic society.” He briefly discusses the five cases combined to form Brown, and he lists the questions the Supreme Court has faced regarding the 14th Amendment and segregation. Mattocks argues that separate but equal systems can no longer be maintained, and outlines things that will make the transition in North Carolina easier. He also outlines specific considerations when integrating, problems whites think may arise, and suggestions for implementing integration.

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Format of original: Speech

Collection: Benjamin Lee Smith Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.1.973

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