History of the Crim Center — Alonzo A. Crim
He graduated in 1950 from Roosevelt College with a degree in sociology. In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of desegregating the American public school system. Then, Dr. Crim began his journey as an educator…
(Above photo) — Atlanta Public School Superintendent Dr. Alonzo A. Crim addressing 25,000 students, at the Atlanta Braves stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, May 8, 1984. From the Digital Collections Library.
Dr. Alonzo A. Crim's Beginnings in Education
Although small in stature, Dr. Alonzo A. Crim was a giant among men courageous enough to point out, identify and combat problems that prevented public school students from receiving an excellent education.
The Atlanta Compromise Plan 0f 1973
The Atlanta Public School System (APS) was engaged in desegregation litigation for over 15 years by the time Dr. Crim accepted his position as APS superintendent. His acceptance was part of the Atlanta Compromise Plan of 1973.
The Start of the Crim Center
Dr. Crim’s methods involve inspiring community stakeholders to be part of the decisions concerning improving educational outcomes for their children. If a community can come together to support educational systems for that community’s children, Dr. Crim believed that would also motivate the children.
A Community of Believers
“In my search of more than twenty-five years for creating the conditions that best promote the achievement of poor and minority students, I have found that you must build commitment for learning in students. That commitment does not come easily to persons who see few around them succeeding.”
—Alonzo A. Crim, while interviewing for the job of Atlanta Public School Superintendent in 1973
Do the Reading
Books and Papers
- A Community of Believers — by Alonzo A. Crim
- The Social Studies Curriculum in Atlanta Public Schools during the Desegregation Era — by Chara Haeussler Bohan & Patricia Randolph
Bohan is a professor in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education here at Georgia State.
- Unsung Legacies of Educators and Events in African American Education
- New York Times — Alonzo Crim, First Black Chief of Schools in South, Dies at 71
- The Atlanta-Journal Constitution —APS to close Crim High, name central office after former leader
- Atlanta Daily World —Atlanta Board of Education to Vote on Renaming APS Central Office in Honor of Dr. Alonzo A. Crim
- Atlanta InTown — A Look Back: This month in Atlanta’s history
- The Atlanta-Journal Constitution — Flashback Fotos: Dr. Alonzo Crim, first black APS superintendent