Student Loan Reparations from Georgia State University

Student Loan Reparations from Georgia State University

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JaCorvis Cobbs started this petition to Georgia State University

Back in 1956, Myra Elliot attempted to attend my Alma mater, Georgia State University. At that time, a federal order had been released that mandated schools to integrate. Georgia State University ignored this mandate. In fact, the school required students to obtain a sort-of recommendation letter from alumni in order to attend. 

Asked to become a plaintiff in a lawsuit to integrate the colleges, Elliott agreed, explaining that she didn't realize the attention the case would attract or the political chicanery and character assassination that the state would employ. (via AJC)

Hunt v. Arnold became the NAACP's first federal court victory against segregated education in Georgia, establishing legal precedents that helped Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes integrate the University of Georgia in 1961 and James Meredith integrate Ole Miss in 1962.

Yet, Elliott, Hunter and Welch never attended Georgia State. Because while U.S. District Judge William Bootle two years later in the UGA case forced the university to immediately admit black students, Judge Sloan stopped short of mandating the admission of Elliott, Welch and Hunt when he ordered GSU to integrate.

As much as I love my Alma Mater, this situation is a more than just a blemish on the university's rap sheet. In fact, the university, currently, prides itself on the graduating the highest number of African-Americans in the country. As great as this is, I think that it's only right that we urge the university to relieve the massive student loan debt acquired by the university's African-American student population in an effort to rectify this.

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