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William Bootle 

William Bootle

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Courtesy of the Macon District Court.

Who was William Bootle?

William Bootle’s twenty-seven-year career as U.S. District Court judge for middle Georgia was defined by his court orders, which were instrumental to desegregating Georgia schools, elections, and transportation facilities. Bootle took his position two weeks after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Soon after he ruled in favor of twenty-two black voters who sued county voting officials for excluding them from voter registration lists. Bootle also ruled that the University of Georgia had illegally rejected two black students based on their race.

Continue reading about William Bootle in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

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