The Story Of The Chinese Family That First Fought To Desegregate Southern Schools


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    The Story Of The Chinese Family That First Fought To Desegregate Southern Schools

    Decades before Brown v. Board of Education ― the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case that found “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” ― a Chinese family from rural Mississippi brought its own legal challenge to Southern school segregation before the Supreme Court.

    In 1924, grade school students Martha and Berda Lum were barred from attending their local, all-white school because of their status as people of color. The family sued the school in an unprecedented but little-known lawsuit that made its way to the nation’s highest court.

    A new book, Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South, documents the family’s struggle for educational equality.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lum-family-desegregation_us_581a4320e4b0c43e6c1db6f5


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