Carrie Williams, the African American teacher at the Coketon Colored School in Tucker County, West Virginia, in the 1890s, bravely confronted an attempt to rob black children of their educational rights. In the burgeoning Jim Crow era that legally sanctioned black second-class citizenship, Carrie courageously challenged the all white Tucker County Board of Education when it shortened the school term for African American children. Her battlefield was a courtroom and her champion was John Robert Clifford, the first African American lawyer admitted to the bar in West Virginia. Until recently, the national importance of this landmark litigation has remained obscured, largely due to the earlier U.S. Supreme Court decision in Plessy vs. Ferguson. Carrie Williams' victory provided a steady ray of hope from atop the Allegheny Mountains during the long fight for equal rights for African Americans. This is Carrie's story, a true American heroic narrative.
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About the Author
Kathleen is a guest lecturer at Manhattan College where she has taught graduate classes in Professional Writing and Counseling the College Applicant. She is the co-author of Counseling 21st Century Students for Optimal College and Career Readiness (Routledge Press). Currently, Kathleen is an educational counselor and consultant assisting students with various educational needs, including learning differences, organizational issues and developmental writing skills. Most importantly, she is a writer avidly exploring topics in American history.
Kathleen earned her B.A. in English Literature at the University of Detroit and her M. A. in English Literature at Fordham University. She lives in New York and is frequently in the Mountain State.
Table of Contents
West Virginia in the Making
The Grand Old Man of West Virginia
The Honorable Judge
Educator and Protector
Civil Rights Advocate and Attorney
Carrie Goes to the Court