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1969-1990

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  • 1970

    The population of the 11 Southeastern states totals 42.1 million.

  • 1970

    More than half (61 percent) of Southerners live in a metro area, an early sign of the shift of a rural South to a more urban South that will continue in the coming decades.

  • 1970

    Census data show that more than 1.4 million Black people left the South, mostly re-settling in the urban cities in the North.

  • 1971

    The Supreme Court, in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, upholds busing as a way to advance integration of public schools.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students in 1973, after the Swann vs. Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education ruling forced the district to implement busing.
  • 1973

    Maynard Jackson elected as first Black mayor of Atlanta.

  • 1976

    Jimmy Carter of Georgia becomes President of the United States. He brings veterans of the Civil Rights Movement and a new biracial Democratic politics of the South to the White House.

    Jimmy Carter
  • 1990

    The population of the 11 Southeastern states totals 57.5 million.