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Harry Briggs, Sr. and Eliza Briggs

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Title:Harry Briggs, Sr. and Eliza Briggs

Harry and Eliza Briggs were among 20 African American parents in Clarendon County, South Carolina who sued the school board over unequal education. The case, Briggs v. Elliott, was eventually joined with four other lawsuits to form the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional. In this interview, the Briggs describes the importance of education, the conditions that existed in black schools, and the hardships endured by many of plaintiffs in the suit.

Includes a background essay, discussion questions, and alignments to teaching standards.

Major funding for this project is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Institute.

Grade range: 6-12.

Lesson plans using this resource: Re-examining Brown.

Transcript of an interview.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Instructional materials | Teaching guides | Resource units | Interviews | Transcripts | MovingImage
Subjects:Briggs, Harry, d. 1986--Trials, litigation, etc. | Briggs, Eliza, d. 1998--Trials, litigation, etc. | Elliott, R. W.--Trials, litigation, etc. | Waring, Julius Waties, 1880-1968 | DeLaine, Joseph A. (Joseph Armstrong), 1898-1974 | African American civil rights workers--South Carolina--Clarendon County | African American women civil rights workers--South Carolina--Clarendon County | African Americans--Politics and government--South Carolina--Clarendon County | African Americans--Social conditions--South Carolina--Clarendon County | African Americans--Violence against--South Carolina--Clarendon County | African American women--South Carolina--Clarendon County | African American men--South Carolina--Clarendon County | Intimidation--South Carolina--Clarendon County | Discrimination in education--Law and legislation | Civil rights movements--South Carolina--Clarendon County | Equality--South Carolina--Clarendon County | Social justice--South Carolina--Clarendon County | South Carolina--Race relations | Segregation--South Carolina--Clarendon County | Segregation in education--South Carolina--Clarendon County | Discrimination in employment--South Carolina--Clarendon County | African American schools--South Carolina--Clarendon County | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka | United States, South Carolina, Clarendon County | United States, New York, Erie County, Buffalo, 42.8864468, -78.8783689
Collection:Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Special Collection
Institution:WGBH Educational Foundation
Contributors:Eyes on the Prize (PBS) | Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.). Libraries. Special Collections | Teacher's Domain Civil Rights Special Collection | WGBH Educational Foundation
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The Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Collection is a collaborative production of WGBH Education Productions, the WGBH Media Library, and WGBH Interactive, in partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Forms part of: Teacher's Domain Civil Right Special Collection.

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Persistent Link to Item:https://pbslearningmedia.org/resource/iml04.soc.ush.civil.briggs/