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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965$
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Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731071

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.001.0001

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Sarah Patton Boyle

Sarah Patton Boyle

November 7, 1954, Naacp, Gainesville, Virginia

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(p.10) Sarah Patton Boyle
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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965
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Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.003.0002

Born on May 9, 1906, in Charlottesville, Virginia, Sarah Patton Boyle was an outspoken advocate for desegregation in her native South. Boyle grew up under what she calls the “Southern Code,” experiencing extreme dissonance by the mandate placed on her to have only formal relations with blacks. She wrote an autobiography, The Desegregated Heart, published in 1962, as well as several more books before she passed away in 1994. Five months after the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Boyle spoke at a NAACP gathering in Virginia. This chapter shows Boyle’s speech, in which she argued that opposition to integration in the South was less than it seemed and that prejudiced southerners could be changed.

Keywords:   speech, Sarah Patton Boyle, desegregation, South, blacks, Supreme Court, Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP, Virginia, integration

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