A three-judge panel in the Federal District Court in Charleston ruled in favor of the Clarendon County School Board and against desegregating schools in Briggs v. Elliott. Judge J. Waties Waring issued a dissent, declaring “segregation is per se inequality.” NAACP lawyers appealed the Briggs case to the U.S. Supreme Court and it became part of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

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