This Day in History Series

This Day in History: Grady High School Hosts Hearings on School Desegregation

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Today is March 23rd, and if we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 52 years to this date in 1960, we'd find hundreds of Atlantans voicing their opinion on school integration at Henry W. Grady High School. 

Following the “Brown vs. the Board of Education” decision in 1954 that declared segregation unconstitutional, Southern states–including Georgia–were coming under increased federal pressure to desegregate. 

Here, Georgia State University historian Cliff Kuhn talks with WABE's Steve Goss about the public hearings that laid the groundwork for the integration of the Atlanta Public Schools.