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Claudia Smith Brinson, author of Stories of Struggle, contributes to PBS’s “American Experience” documentary “The Blinding of Isaac Woodard” with a piece documenting South Carolina’s significant contribution to the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education.
Black parents and children in Clarendon County, South Carolina risked everything to destroy legalized segregation. The NAACP filed Briggs v. Elliott on Dec. 22, 1950, challenging the segregation laws which “denied equal educational advantages in violation of the Constitution.” The case would later become part of Brown v. Board of Education, one of the cornerstones of the civil rights movement that helped establish the precedent that “separate-but-equal” education and other services were not equal, in 1954. Read more about the brave parents behind the fight in the swamps, pine forests, corn, cotton and tobacco fields, and hog farms, of Clarendon County, South Carolina - parents who simply wanted bus transportation to school for their children - on PBS’s website, to.pbs.org/3cHvvM0
Learn more about the long fight for equality in Stories of Struggle: The Clash Over Civil Rights in South Carolina by Claudia Smith Brinson, uscpress.com/Stories-of-Struggle.
Claudia Smith Brinson has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years in Florida, Greece and South Carolina. Brinson held the Harriet Gray Blackwell Endowed Professorship at Columbia College, where she designed and led the Writing for Print and Digital Media program from 2006-2016. Learn more at StoriesofStruggle.com.
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