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In Their Own Words

May 23, 1954

Talmadge Made Defiant Statement

In an interview for the CBS Radio program “The World Today,” Georgia Gov. Herman Talmadge reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision by saying:

“We’re not going to secede from the union, but the people of Georgia will not comply with the decision of the court. It would take several divisions of troops down here to police every school building in Georgia and then they wouldn’t be able to enforce it. We’re going to do whatever is necessary in Georgia to keep white children in white schools and colored children in colored schools.”

Source: Atlanta Constitution, May 24, 1954.