Recently, I came a interview of former Governor Marvin Griffin in 1971. Griffin was a major leader of the segregation backlash in the 1950’s and is probably the biggest reason the Deep South was able to hold off integration for most of the 50’s following the illegal Brown V Board of Education decision. Griffin has a long career in state politics even before this and was a General during WW 2 of the Georgia National Guard. After succeeding Herman Talmadge in 1955 to become Georgia’s 72nd Governor. He later ran for Governor again in 1962 but lost against the moderate Carl Sanders, a UGA football player. He would end his long career campaigning and working for George Wallace’s election to the Presidency. The interview is owned by the Georgia State Unversity.



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