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Briggs v. Elliott: ‘Because It Was Right’

More than 100 parents and children signed Clarendon County petitions that led to Brown v. Board of Education and the end of legal segregation of public schools. The first petition, asking that “separate but equal” actually be equal, led to death threats, a murder, arson, and loss of jobs and homes. But the petitioners persisted. Meet Harry and Eliza Briggs, Levi and Hammett Pearson, Louis and Mary Oliver, Willie and Gardenia Stukes.

Let’s talk about what happens when people stand together.

Let’s talk about equality. Would you petition and protest for Constitutional rights at the risk of your life?

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