Dawn of Desegregation: J. A. De Laine and Briggs v. Elliott is the gripping account of a quest for equality by some poor, essentially uneducated, parents in rural South Carolina.

Inspired, organized, and led by J. A. De Laine, the parents’ struggle for better educational opportunities developed into the lawsuit Briggs et al. v. Elliott et al. Briggs became the first of the five 1954 Brown v. Board of Education cases to enter the federal court system.

Vividly describing real-life events (including attempted murder, arson, and hair-raising escapes), Dawn of Desegregation succeeds in reminding the reader of the courage, determination, and human price it took to bring legal segregation in America to an end.

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