The day after the Ku Klux Klan chained Rev. James Myles Hinton Sr. to a tree and beat him, Hinton returned to work. He said he would rather die fighting than live on his knees. The president of the SC Conference of Branches of the NAACP from 1941-1958, Hinton worked with Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP legal counsel known as “Mr. Civil Rights.” Thanks to Hinton the NAACP sued and won South Carolina lawsuits challenging unequal pay for teachers, the all-white primary, segregated higher education, and “separate but equal” public schools.
Let’s talk about the people behind decades of court challenges.
Let’s talk about forgotten heroes.