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        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 describe the importance of education, the conditions that existed in black schools, and the hardships endured by many of plaintiffs in the suit.

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