Charles H. Thompson: Policy Entrepreneur of the Civil Rights by Louis Ray

By Louis Ray

During a interval while African-American schooling was once on the epicenter of the civil rights circulate, Thompson’s Journal documented the quick progress of academic discrimination within the South regardless of major raises in public university investment, offering irrefutable facts that racially segregated public schooling used to be inherently discriminatory, for that reason, unconstitutional. among 1932 and 1954, Thompson’s editorials supplied a nuanced, insider’s account of 1 of the main winning coverage learn ventures in American historical past: the flow to overturn racial segregation as public coverage, chronicling the increase throughout the melancholy, international conflict II and the postwar interval of a coverage group devoted to increasing human rights nationally and the world over. a super essayist, Thompson sought to shut the distance among America’s democratic precepts and its undemocratic practices by way of molding public opinion favorable to an important enlargement of civil rights between students, policymakers and the general public. a professional witness in different landmark greater schooling instances argued sooner than the U. S. ideally suited courtroom together with Sipuel (1948), Sweatt (1950) and McLaurin (1950), Thompson’s editorials supplied an educated, eyewitness account of African-American academics’ pivotal position within the NAACP litigation crusade culminating within the landmark Brown et al v. Board of schooling of Topeka et al (1954) desegregation ruling. because the first, full-length examine of Charles H. Thompson’s contributions to American schooling and the civil rights circulation, Derrick P. Aldridge has defined this learn as a “widely anticipated,” and a useful addition to the literature.

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