DeLaine, Joseph A. (Joseph Armstrong), 1898-1974

Biography:

"In 1949, Joseph DeLaine, a minister and school principal, organized African-American parents in Summerton, South Carolina, to petition the school board for a bus for black students, who had to walk up to 10 miles through corn and cotton fields to attend a segregated school, while the white children in the school district rode to and from school in nice clean buses. (4) In 1950, these same parents, including Harry and Eliza Briggs, sued to end public school segregation in Briggs et al. v. Elliott et al., one of 5 cases that collectively led to the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision of Brown et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka et al."--108th CONGRESS, 1st Session, H. R. 3287, AN ACT To award congressional gold medals posthumously on behalf of Reverend Joseph A. DeLaine...

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