Bus desegregation in Atlanta
@ New Georgia Encyclopedia
Hatfield, Edward A
DescriptionEncyclopedia 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.The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.
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