Pitts v. Freeman school desegregation case files, 1969-1993

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8zs2v


Descriptive Summary

Title: Pitts v. Freeman school desegregation case files, 1969-1993
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1036
Extent: 11.75 linear ft. (14 boxes)
Abstract: Pitts v. Freeman school desegregation case files, consisting of material from the plaintiffs’ legal team, including legal memos, newspaper clippings, transcripts, expert reports, and other materials related to the case. The case concerned school desegration in the DeKalb County (Georgia) School System.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Gift, 2005.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Pitts v. Freeman school desegregation case files, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Unprocessed collection.


Collection Description

Historical Note

This lawsuit was part of a series of litigation that sought to dismantle segregation in DeKalb County's public school system. Willie Gene Pitts, et al., v. Robert Freeman, et al., was filed in 1983. The litigation centered on the school system's efforts to expand Redan High School to relieve overcrowding at the school. The plaintiffs filed a motion to block the expansion because the proposed construction violated a 1969 injunction that required DeKalb County to construct and expand school facilities "with the objective of eradicating segregation and perpetuating desegregation." The plaintiffs contended the county's efforts to expand Redan's capacity were a thinly-veiled effort to avoid reassigning white students to nearby "under capacity" high schools that were predominately African American.

Scope and Content Note

The case files consist of materials from plaintiffs' legal team, including legal memos, newspaper clippings, transcripts, expert reports, and other materials related to the case.

Arrangement Note

Unprocessed collection.


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