In To Kill a Mockingbird, how did Atticus change the polices of segregation with the blacks?Please answer this with a quote in the book.

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    The attorney, Atticus Finch, did not specifically change or cause policies regarding segregation to be changed in the Harper Lee novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, but he willingly set an example for others to follow in this regard. As a liberal-minded white man, Atticus went against the accepted behavior of most white Maycombites in his dealings with the black populace. By agreeing to defend Tom Robinson of his rape charge against the young white woman, Mayella Ewell, Atticus went against public sentiment that dictated that a white man's word must always be believed over that of a black man. He allowed his children to visit Calpurnia's black church--an unheard of act of racial mixing. He questioned both Bob and Mayella Ewell's word in court and challenged the jury to "do your duty."
    Nevertheless, Tom was found guilty and was later killed by white officers while trying to escape. Link Deas did threaten to have Bob Ewell jailed for stalking Tom's wife, Helen, following her husband's death; Helen was able to walk safely home afterward. But nothing really changed in Maycomb despite Atticus's efforts. Perhaps his greatest recognition came when the trial ended and Atticus left the courtroom.

... All around us and in the balcony on the opposite wall, the Negroes were getting to their feet. Reverend Sykes' voice was as distant as Judge Taylor's:
    "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'."

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