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Story of Desegregation in Greensboro, NC

Date: March 5, 1959

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 transcript of a statement made by Greensboro school Superintendent Benjamin L. Smith to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 5, 1959, tells the history of school desegregation in Greensboro, North Carolina. Smith details the educational achievements of the six African American students enrolled at previously all-white schools in 1957. He discusses the resolution in support of desegregation passed by the Greensboro School Board the day after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, as well as the resolution passed by the board in 1957 for assigning students to schools according to the state’s Pearsall Plan. Smith concludes his statement by explaining why he feels desegregation was a success in Greensboro.

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Format of original: Speech

Collection: Benjamin Lee Smith Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.1.999

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