If you examine the fine print at the bottom right of the MLK smear flier included in yesterday's post, you'll find the words "Reprint from Georgia Commission On Education."
What was the Georgia Commission On Education?
On Dec. 10, 1953, the state of Georgia established the Commission by a joint resolution of the Georgia General Assembly.
A Resolution. To establish The Georgia Commission on Education, to define its duties and authority, and to provide therefor such funds as are necessary to effectuate the purposes thereof.
Whereas, the Constitution of the State provides for the separate education of the white and colored races, and
Whereas, necessity for further legislation or constitutional amendments in that regard might hereafter arise;
It is therefore resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives as follows:
One. The Georgia Commission on Education is hereby established.
Two. Said commission shall formulate a plan or plans of legislation, prepare drafts of suggested laws, and recommend courses of action for consideration by the General Assembly whereby the State may by taxation continue to provide adequate education for all its citizens consisted with the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Georgia.
Who sat on the Commission?
Said commission shall be composed of the Governor, Lieutenant-Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, State Auditor, the Attorney General, Chairman of the Board of Regents, Chairman of the State Board of Education, State School Superintendent, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, Chairman of the Judicial Council; a representative from the Georgia Bar Association, and, representative of the State both geographically and in all segments of her economy, ten other citizens to be appointed by the Governor, one from each congressional district of the State.
The Georgia Commission On Education was a state funded agency, established to maintain segregation in Georgia's schools.