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Atlanta Schools desegregation lawsuit records

Collection number: ahc.MSS907

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1971-1980, undated

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


0.25 linear ft. (one half document case)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1993

Atlanta Schools desegregation lawsuit records
Laura Starratt
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305