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This Day in Georgia History

February 06, 1956

Acts of Massive Resistance

Gov. Marvin Griffin signed the following acts that were part of his “massive resistance” legislative agenda in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decisions in 1954 and 1955:

an act authorizing the governor to close any public school in the state ordered to integrate and to instead provide state educational grants to students to attend private schools.
an act making it a misdemeanor for any person to enter any state property that has been closed to the public.
an act allowing boards of education to lease public school buildings and property to persons or organizations for use as private schools.
an act allowing the State School Building Authority to lease its buildings and facilities for use as private schools.
an act allowing teachers of public schools that close to continue participating in the state teachers’ retirement system if they began teaching in nonsectarian private schools.