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Bus desegregation in Atlanta

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Type: Articles
Creator: Hatfield, Edward A.
Title: Bus desegregation in Atlanta
Date: 1890-1960
Description: Encyclopedia article about the process and activity which led to bus desegregation in Atlanta, Georgia. In January 1957, following the successful bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama (1955-56), a group of black ministers launched the "Love, Law, and Liberation" movement to desegregate Atlanta's city buses. Under the leadership of the Reverend William Holmes Borders, the ministers staged a violation of the state law requiring segregation on common carriers, thereby securing the grounds for a legal challenge to Georgia's Jim Crow system. Two years later, in January 1959, a federal district court ruled in favor of the ministers, ending more than six decades of segregation on Atlanta's city buses.

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Subjects: Borders, William Holmes, 1905- | Hartsfield, William Berry | Griffin, Marvin, 1907-1982 | Jenkins, Herbert T. | Atlanta (Ga.). Police Dept. | Police chiefs--Georgia--Atlanta | Mayors--Georgia--Atlanta | Governors--Georgia | Buses--Georgia--Atlanta | Bus drivers--Georgia--Atlanta | Bus lines--Georgia--Atlanta | Bus lines--Ridership--Georgia--Atlanta | Bus terminals--Georgia--Atlanta | Segregation in transportation--Georgia--Atlanta | Discrimination in public accommodations--Georgia--Atlanta | Segregation--Georgia--Atlanta | Boycotts--Alabama--Montgomery | Civil rights--Georgia--Atlanta | African Americans--Civil rights--Georgia--Atlanta | Violence--Georgia--Atlanta | Police power--Georgia--Atlanta | Police-Community relations--Georgia--Atlanta | Police vehicles--Georgia--Atlanta | Arrest--Georgia--Atlanta | Civil disobedience--Georgia--Atlanta | Civil rights workers--Georgia--Atlanta | African American civil rights workers--Georgia--Atlanta | Civil rights movements--Georgia--Atlanta | Political activists--Georgia--Atlanta | African American political activists--Georgia--Atlanta | Clergy--Georgia--Atlanta | African American clergy--Georgia--Atlanta | Religious leaders--Georgia--Atlanta | African American religious leaders--Georgia--Atlanta | Wheat Street Baptist Church (Atlanta, Ga.) | Government, Resistance to--Georgia--Atlanta | Atlanta Transit Company | United States. District Court (Georgia : Northern District : Atlanta Division) | Atlanta (Ga.) | Fulton County (Ga.) | Montgomery (Ala.) | Montgomery County (Ala.)
Contributors: New Georgia Encyclopedia (Project) | Georgia Humanities Council | University of Georgia. Press | Merrill-Hall New Media | GALILEO (Georgia statewide project)
Online Publisher: [Athens, Ga.] : Georgia Humanities Council and the University of Georgia Press, 2007-10-05
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Collection Information: New Georgia Encyclopedia