Brown at 60: Reading, Writing and Bridging the Racial Divide

Brown at 60: Part 1

In this special presentation, we revisit Clarendon County South Carolina, which was home to one of the very first desegregation cases - better known as Briggs vs. Elliot - that was filed in 1949.

While the 1954 Supreme Court decision was designed to knock down the barriers of segregation, this program showcases the point that schools in this South Carolina community are as segregated as they were some 60 years earlier.

We also examines the role of integration in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School going back to the 1950s and changes that have happened through the courts and among individuals.

The interviews in this show include J.A. DeLaine, Jr., who is the son of the minister who led the charge for change in South Carolina. We also hear from Dorothy Counts Scoggins, who was among the first students to integrate Charlotte schools in 1957.

Others weighing in on this important issue include CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison and South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn.

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