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General Assembly Committee on Schools, Sibley Commission

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Creator:Wilson, Bill (William Bryan), 1914-1993
Title:General Assembly Committee on Schools, Sibley Commission

View of Jim Cherry speaking during a meeting of the General Assembly Committee on Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1960, Georgia Governor Ernest Vandiver, Jr. was faced with a decision to either close public schools or comply with a federal order to desegregate them. To avoid conflict with the federal government, He directed the Georgia General Assembly to create the General Assembly Committee on Schools. The committee was charged with gauging public sentiment regarding school desegregation and reporting back to the governor. Atlanta businessman John Sibley was selected to lead this effort, and therefore the committee was often referred to as the Sibley Commission. Although He believed in segregation, Sibley hoped to minimize support for massive resistance to school desegregation for practical reasons. He held ten public hearings across the state in which the debate was confined to two choices: continuing massive resistance at the expense of the school system or amending state law to allow token integration while keeping segregation largely intact. Most of those in attendance at the meetings supported total segregation of the schools. Sibley recommended that the state accept the federal decision to desegregate the schools despite the commission's findings. In January of 1961, Governor Vandiver introduced a bill that accepted the Sibley Commission's recommendations for desegregation.

Types:Black-and-white photographs | StillImage
Subjects:Cherry, Jim D., 1911-1980 | Segregation--Georgia | School integration--Georgia | School integration--Massive resistance movement--Georgia | Discrimination in education--Georgia | Legislative hearings--Georgia | Committees--Georgia--Atlanta | Meetings--Georgia--Atlanta | Georgia. General Assembly. Committee on Schools | School integration--Public opinion | Public opinion--Georgia--Atlanta | Georgia--Politics and government | DeKalb County School System--Officials and employees | School superintendents--Georgia--DeKalb County | United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.7489954, -84.3879824
Collection:Bill Wilson Photographs, 1938-1979, undated
Institution:Atlanta History Center
Contributors:Atlanta History Center
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35 mm black and white negative

Bill Wilson Photographs, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Ga.

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