|Articles, History, Media Archive, Social Justice, United States on 2017-04-08 02:07Z by Steven|
Edgar A. Toppin (1928-2004), Professor of History
Virginia State College
In 1917 a delegation of negroes went before the Board of Education in Atlanta, Georgia, to demand equal facilities for colored school children. This marked the beginning of the work in Atlanta of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The youthful branch secretary who sparked this drive, Walter Francis White, called this “our first fight and our first victory and … we have only begun to fight.” Despite his enthusiasm, Atlanta moved at a glacial pace toward parity in the dual school systems.