1961 Byrd Speech to Senate

  • Date: May 17, 1961
  • Creator: Harry F. Byrd
  • Archive: Albert H. and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia

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This speech supported the actions of the white leaders of Prince Edward County and dismissed the charges of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Byrd saw the NAACP as a threat to the well=being and tranquility of the country, an outside organization that interfered in southern communities. The NAACP, he stated, "neither provide for education of their children nor accept assistance from the white people of the county [the NAACP] is more interested in the integration of public school children than it is in the education of colored children." In contrast, Byrd cited the founding of the Southside Schools, Inc Corporation led by R.B. Hargrove and intended to provide segregated education for the black children in Prince Edward.