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Report of the Superintendent to the Greensboro City Board of Education regarding Brown v. Board of Education

Date: circa 1956

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 report regarding the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the state’s Pearsall Plan, was written by Greensboro school superintendent Benjamin L. Smith and submitted to the Greensboro City School Board of Education around 1956. Smith writes that he has completed lengthy research regarding the decision, and he has come the conclusion that “desegregation is an idea whose hour has arrived.” He argues that compliance is inevitable and that time is needed to reorganize in preparation. The report gives two circumstances under which the board would be justified in asking for a declaratory decision, and provides recommendations for implementing desegregation.

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Format of original: Report

Collection: Benjamin Lee Smith Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.1.990

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