Both sides agree school desegregation lawsuit should end | The Augusta Chronicle

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Jun

Both sides agree school desegregation lawsuit should end | The Augusta Chronicle

On the 49th anniversary of the filing of the Richmond County school desegregation lawsuit, the difference between the school system’s response and attitude in 1964 and Monday couldn’t have been more different.

U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. set Monday’s hearing to hear any evidence why Acree v. Richmond County Board of Education shouldn’t be closed.

The original lawsuit was filed because eight years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation was unconstitutional and therefore illegal, Richmond County schools were still segregated. They continued to be for several more years as local school officials dragged their heels and attempted to ignore the federal judges’ rulings.

On Monday, however, the plaintiff’s attorney, Ben Allen, also said the case was ready for closure.

Bowen called three school board members to ask whether there was any way that leaving the lawsuit open would assist or hamper the board in its efforts to provide equal educational opportunities to every student. None thought the lawsuit and the accompanying federal court oversight would make any difference.

“I don’t think so, sir,” board President Venus Cain told the judge. The board would not tolerate any racial segregation in any form, she said.

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