60 years after the Supreme Court ordered schools to desegregate, it's worth remembering that the decision changed school for more than just black students, according to Cindi Chance, Dean of the College of Education at Georgia Regents University in Augusta.
As Mercer University continues to celebrate 50 years of integration, students are taking their campus’s temperature on race. Emily Wilson is among a group of sociology students who surveyed 360 of their peers. “I personally was a little surprised by the overall response, in that for the most part students really did seem to perceive a positive racial climate,” she said. “I think I may have expected to see a little more controversy than we did.” However, Wilson says there were some students who thought there should be more diversity on campus. Currently the student body is just over 58 percent white, 23 percent black and Hispanic.
At the nation marks 50 years since the March on Washington, it's worth taking time to note the foot soldiers who fought for change locally. In coastal Brunswick, the story of how the city integrated -- peacefully and with little notice until after the fact -- is not well known. GPB presents this archive story from 2008.
Savannah became one of the first police forces in the South to desegregate its police force. It happened in 1947. Among the first nine black officers hired on May first of that year, John White is the last surviving member.
It's been 50 years the first African-American students walked onto the campus of the University of Georgia. Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault were outstanding high school students in Atlanta. And Civil Rights leaders asked them to help integrate the school in Athens. It took years of legal wrangling to gain their admittance.