Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the by Joan Quigley

By Joan Quigley

In January of 1950, Mary Church Terrell, an 86-year-old constitution member of the NAACP, headed into Thompson's eating place, quite a few blocks from the White condo, and asked to be served. She and her partners have been expert through the executive that they can no longer devour in his institution, simply because they have been "colored." Terrell, a former suffragette and one of many country's first college-educated African American girls, took the problem to court docket. 3 years later, the splendid courtroom vindicated her outrage: District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co., Inc. was determined in June 1953, invalidating the segregation of eating places and cafes within the nation's capital.

In Just one other Southern Town, Joan Quigley recounts an untold bankruptcy of the civil rights stream: an epic conflict to topple segregation in Washington, the symbolic domestic of yank democracy. on the book's center is the ambitious Mary Church Terrell and the try out case she mounts trying to implement Reconstruction-era legislation prohibiting segregation in D.C. eating places. in the course of the prism of Terrell's tale, Quigley reassesses Washington's courting to civil rights historical past, bringing to lifestyles a pivotal struggle for equality that erupted 5 years ahead of Rosa Parks refused to maneuver to the again of a Montgomery bus and a decade sooner than the coed sit-in flow rocked segregated lunch counters around the South.

At a time whilst such a lot civil rights scholarship starts with Brown v. Board of Education, Just one other Southern city unearths the tale of the nation's capital as an early flashpoint on race. A wealthy portrait of yank politics and society within the mid-20th century, it interweaves Terrell's narrative with the court drama of the case and the various personalities of the justices who eventually voted unanimously to ban segregated eating places. Resonating with gestures of braveness and indignation that radiate from the capital's streets and sidewalks to its marble-clad seats of strength, this paintings restores Mary Church Terrell and the case that introduced a campaign to their rightful position within the pantheon of civil rights history.

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In an Oberlin studio, she posed for a portrait, clad in a high-necked, lace-trimmed dress. She wore her hair pulled straight back, tucked out of sight, with bangs coating the top half of her forehead, like a valance. Set against a plain backdrop, she looked into the distance, lips closed, with her almond-shaped eyes telegraphing a combination of sadness and determination. 30 j ust anothe r southe rn tow n When Mary Church graduated on June 25, 1884—the same day as Terrell—she and two of her classmates joined the ranks of college-educated African American women.

Cardozo, and a colleague. Mary replied by return mail, disclosing in her diary the fact of her response though not the contents. ” By September 10, she betrayed a hint of alarm. Terrell had written asking for a photograph. ” she wondered. On her journal’s lined pages, Mary also ruminated about her future. She lamented the paucity of career options available to her, even with her college degree. She throbbed with impatience: to write; to become an author; to set herself apart. ” In one entry she admitted she was afraid that she wouldn’t accomplish anything.

Justice Felix Frankfurter, another FDR appointee, clipped the Yakima-hospital photo and relayed it to Justice Robert H. Jackson, still another Roosevelt pick. In private, Frankfurter’s intensity veered into derision, especially for rivals and brethren whom he believed fell short of his standards. ” in mock celebration of the prospect of Douglas’s restoration to health. Frankfurter also sent Jackson the hobbyhorse image, shorn from the New York Herald Tribune. “From your correspondent at the front,” he wrote.

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