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This Day in Georgia History

May 23, 1954

Atlanta NAACP Announced Intention to Challenge Segregation

Six days after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP announced it intended to follow the advice of the national organization and immediately petition the Fulton County School Board to end segregation of Atlanta’s public schools. Georgia governor Herman Talmadge, however, vowed the state would not abide by the ruling.