Jasper Alston Atkins papers
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The Jasper Alston Atkins Papers were processed as part of a collaborative effort between Manuscripts and Archives and the Yale Law School to document the careers and accomplishments of law school faculty and alumni.
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Atkins started practicing law in 1922 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, with the firm Wesley & Atkins. From 1927 to 1936, he lived in Houston, Texas, and was a partner in the firms Wesley & Atkins and Nabrit, Atkins & Wesley. While in Houston, he also worked as the editor of the Houston Informer and Texas Freeman. Atkins returned to Winston-Salem in 1936 to work for Winston-Salem Teachers College, a school founded by his father. He held the position of executive secretary at the college from 1936 to 1960. He returned to newspaper editing upon retirement from the college, serving as an executive editor for the Freedmen's Publishing Company.
Throughout his career, Jasper Alston Atkins fought for civil rights. In 1935, he appeared before the Supreme Court in the case of Grovey v. Townsend, arguing against a Texas state law that prohibited African-Americans from voting in primary elections. He returned to the Supreme Court in 1959 to argue against the segregation of public golf courses in Wolfe v. State of North Carolina. A suit he filed in 1968, Atkins, Pro Se v. State Board of Education of North Carolina, continuing as Allen v. State Board of Education of North Carolina in 1970, is credited with instigating the discontinuation of the separate but equal policy concerning educational facilities in Winston-Salem and the state of North Carolina.
Jasper Alston Atkins died on June 28, 1982, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
- Guide to the Jasper Alston Atkins Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Mike Strom
- February 2003
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- Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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- Finding aid written in English.
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