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Statement to Principals and Supervisors

Date: August 23, 1957

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 August 23, 1957 policy statement was prepared by Superintendent Benjamin L. Smith for distribution to principals and supervisors in the Greensboro City School System. Smith clarifies the role of the superintendent in relation to the school board. He encourages school administrators to remain up-to-date on changes in education policy, and explains the current student assignment policy of the Greensboro School Board in the wake of the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the state legislature’s passage of the Pearsall Plan. He addresses the recent enrollment of African American students at two previously all-white schools in the city, and commends the staffs of those schools for their efforts.


Format of original: Other

Collection: Benjamin Lee Smith Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.1.998

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