The Seat of Justice

The Seat of Justice $10.99

Julian Wiles

Published by Dramatic Publishing

Large Mixed Cast

In the era when segregation and “separate but equal” were the law of the land, Levi Pearson, a black farmer in rural Clarendon County, South Carolina, bravely took a stand for justice

His children walk nine miles to school each day while white children ride new school buses

Pearson files suit in federal court asking for equal educational opportunities for his children

Though his initial case is thrown out of court on a technicality, Levi rallies their neighbors to launch a new lawsuit demanding equal educational facilities for their children

Local attorney Harold Boulware and Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund agree to represent them, but only if they can secure not one but 20 plaintiffs for the case

Despite the threat of reprisals, more than 150 parents step forward and agree to sign the petition that launches Briggs v. Elliott, the first desegregation lawsuit in U.S. history

The plaintiffs lose their case in federal court in Charleston in a two to one ruling, but the Briggs case is not finished

Briggs v. Elliott is appealed to the United States Supreme Court where it joins five other desegregation cases from Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Kansas - all now consolidated into one case and now known as Brown v. Board of Education

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled on this landmark case, Chief Justice Earl Warren declaring from the bench that “the doctrine of separate but equal has no place” and that desegregation should take place with “all deliberate speed”

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