Briggs v. Elliott Curriculum

This curriculum guide and resource booklet was prepared by descendants of a few determined black people who lived in Clarendon County, South Carolina, during the 1940s. Their parents' actions in a quest for equality, their efforts to get their piece of the “American Dream,” changed the course of United States history. The series of events that our foreparents started became the legal case of Briggs et al. v. Elliott et al. This was the first case to reach the United States Supreme Court that challenged the constitutionality of segregated educational facilities. This was the first lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of segregated educational facilities to reach the United States Supreme Court. Ultimately, Briggs v. Elliott became one of five cases argued before the Supreme Court as Brown et al v. Board of Education of Topeka, Shawnee County, KS, et al.

Organization Affiliation
Knowitall, South Carolina ETV
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