Segregation Essay

652 words - 3 pages

In the 1905s, there was legal segregation in parts of the United States of America. There were several important court cases that dealt with the separation of school districts based on race/color. Eventually, the case was brought to the Supreme Court, and the court decided that segregation was unconstitutional; and therefore is abolished. In the docu-drama, Separate But Equal, the movie shows the struggles that occurred in order to achieve the goal to desegregate public schools.
To begin with, there were many historical characters portrayed in the movie, Separate But Equal. Some major characters were Harry Briggs Jr., Reverend J. A. Delane, Superintendent Springer, James F. Byrnes- the governor of South Carolina, Thurgood Marshall, John W. Davis, and Earl Warren-the Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court. In addition, Harry Briggs Jr. is 12-year old African-American boy who walks five miles to the Scotts Ranch School every day and back, and he can’t ride the bus to school because of his color/race. Reverend J. A. Delane is an African-American man who goes around town to get 20 signatures for a complaint against the white school board. Superintendent Springer is a white man who is the superintendent and principal of the Clarendon County School, and he tries to bribe Reverend J. A. Delane to stop legal action. James F. Byrnes is a white man who is the governor of South Carolina, and he is willing to spend 75 million dollars to make colored schools equal to white schools. Thurgood Marshall is an African-American who is a lawyer from the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), and he helps to desegregate public schools in the U.S. John W. Davis is a white man who is a lawyer for the Clarendon County School, and he argues the case in the Supreme Court. Earl Warren is a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and he persuades the other Supreme Court justices to agree in...

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