The American Teachers Association
As early as 1926, NEA and ATA began working together on issues of educational equity, and four decades later, as racial desegregation advanced in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, ATA and NEA charted a path toward unification to create an even greater organization—the modern National Education Association. That dream was realized when presidents of both organizations signed a historical merger agreement in 1966. Today we celebrate our unique and distinct legacies and the strength and richness our combined energies bring to bear on the evolution of public education and the profession of teaching.
Read more to discover the role that ATA and its members played in the growth of education for Black students: