A Passing Generation
|Several figures from the school desegregation era have died this year:|
|Spottswood W. Robinson III, 82, died Oct. 11 in Richmond,
Va. As the lawyer for the plaintiffs in Davis v. County School Board of Prince
Edward County, Va., filed in 1951, he argued that case before the U.S. Supreme
Court after it was consolidated with Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
|Louis L. Redding, 96, died Sept. 27 in Lima, Pa. He was
one of the lawyers who argued Gebhart v. Belton, a 1952 Delaware case
consolidated under Brown, before the high court.
|Eliza Briggs, 81, died Sept. 15 in New York City. Mrs.
Briggs and her late husband, Harry, were the main plaintiffs in the 1949 Summerton, S.C.,
case Briggs v. Elliott, which also became part of Brown.
|Felicitas Mendez, 82, died April 12 in Fullerton, Calif.
Mrs. Mendez and her late husband, Gonzalo, successfully sued an Orange County, Calif.,
district in 1945 after their children were barred from attending school with white
|Charles Walden died in March in Vancouver, British
Columbia. The longtime Kentucky journalist's articles and editorials of the late 1960s
prodded Louisville into fulfilling a 10-year-old court order by creating a nationally
recognized desegregation plan.
|Thomas R. Grant, 71, died Feb. 6 in Atlanta. A U.S.
Department of Education investigator, Mr. Grant traveled to schools throughout the South
in the 1960s and early 1970s, helping them draw up desegregation plans.
|Joseph A. Hall, 89, died Jan. 19 in Cincinnati. The first
executive director of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, he led the drive to
integrate schools as well as restaurants and hotels there.