Despite Segregation, Black High Schools Did Big Things

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  • Despite Segregation, Black High Schools Did Big Things

In Segregated Atlanta, a Diamond of Black Education

Constructed in the 1920s, Booker T. Washington High School was the first Black public high school built in Atlanta. It was – and continues to be – an important cultural institution in that city’s Black community. Because of its quality of education, many students came from out of town to attend this school. Its graduates include Martin Luther King Jr. In this picture, former President George W. Bush speaks at the high school beside school principal Dr. Shirley Kilgore. (Photo: Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

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