Atlanta Schools desegregation lawsuit records
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Atlanta Schools desegregation lawsuit records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Title: Atlanta Schools desegregation lawsuit records
Dates: 1971-1980, undated
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet (one half document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS907

Biographical/Historical Note

In the U.S. District Court (Northern District of Georgia) case Number 16708, Armour v. Nix (1978), the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia argued on behalf of twenty-four black parents to create a federation of eleven metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, school districts in order to implement a more effective plan of desegregation in the school systems. The plaintiffs contend the State zoned properties into "residential apartheid" by setting deliberate housing patterns based on race, thereby affecting the enrollment of school districts and that several school boards were actively practicing segregation. The most recognized part of their plan involved cross district busing. The three panel district court ruled in favor of the defendants by stating that their remedy did not fit the violations, and that the decisions made by the defendants were not motivated by an intent to discriminate. Additional historical information about the Atlanta Schools desegregation lawsuit has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains evidence presented by the plaintiffs (including statistics of some of the county school districts brought to trial), photocopied court documents, photocopied newspaper clippings, and a summary of the lawsuit by legal assistant to the case.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--History
Busing for school integration--Georgia--Atlanta
District Courts--Georgia
Race relations
School districts--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Atlanta Schools desegregation lawsuit records, MSS 907, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1993


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia newsletter, September 1977
2Analysis of Atlanta Schools desegregation plan, 1973
3Atlanta Metro school construction dates, 1970
4Atlanta School District--enrollment by race chart, 1965-1974, undated
5Bi-Racial Committee's plan for desegregation report, 1973
6Clayton County School System, undated
7Cobb County School System, undated
8Court documents, 1978
9Decatur City School System, undated
10Dekalb County School System, undated
11Desegregation status of Atlanta Schools, undated
12Fulton County School System, undated
13Gwinnett County School System, unadted
14Importance of papers, 1993 December 23
15Marietta city school system, undated
16New Yorker editorial, March 17, 1973
17Newspaper clippings, May 14, 1980
18Photocopied newspaper clippings, 1971
19Photocopied newspaper clippings, 1972
20Photocopied newspaper clippings, 1972-1973
21Photocopied newspaper clippings, 1975-1976
22Plaintiff's evidence concerning segregatory actions of the State, 1975-1976