Special Reports


Documentary screening sparks community conversation

About 30 community members attended an Oct. 24 event hosted by Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism, The Telegraph and Georgia Public Broadcasting. It was the fifth public program in the collaborative project about race and schools. Attend


“Where do the white kids go to school in Macon?”

Georgia ignored the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregated schools unconstitutional. But It was not until 1969, when a federal court ordered Georgia’s schools to desegregate, that school boards across the state began planning strategies for integration. With Bibb County schools, it is now, and has always been, about race.

During integration, a teacher refused to issue a girl books because she was black

Jeff Cheeves, a member of Central High School's class of 1977, was among the first Macon children to spend all or most of their school years in integrated schools. He said he had no personal issues with the racial integration of Bibb County school