Tell Them We Are Rising – Separate But Unequal – Clip

  • clip (0:03:06) | IN Dramatic
    Premiere: 2/19/2018

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Tell Them We Are Rising, future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, not a great student when an undergrad at Lincoln University but who became a brilliant legal mind at Howard University Law School, takes a road trip in 1934 with Howard Law dean Charles Hamilton Houston to the deep South. There they document the abject poverty in which African American children attend school. Equipped with a film camera, they captured remarkable footage of run-down black schoolhouses, which students walked to, contrasted with footage of local white students going off to better schools on buses. They brought this footage to the NAACP as evidence that the constitutional mandate of segregation requiring “separate but equal” was being met for the former but decidedly not the latter.

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