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This Day in Georgia History

January 10, 1956

Massive Resistance Announced

Governor Marvin Griffin gave a dramatic state of the state address to a joint session of the General Assembly. Griffin formally launched his program of “massive resistance” telling lawmakers that the Georgia Commission on Education had recommended six bills to allow the state to preserve segregation in the schools. He also called on the General Assembly to assert its “Right of Interposition” to declare void and of no force the Supreme Court’s recent Brown v. Board of Education decisions that segregation was unconstitutional.