By Joan Quigley
In January of 1950, Mary Church Terrell, an 86-year-old constitution member of the NAACP, headed into Thompson's eating place, quite a few blocks from the White condo, and asked to be served. She and her partners have been knowledgeable via the chief that they can now not consume in his institution, simply because they have been "colored." Terrell, a former suffragette and one of many country's first college-educated African American girls, took the problem to courtroom. 3 years later, the splendid courtroom vindicated her outrage: District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co., Inc. was made up our minds in June 1953, invalidating the segregation of eating places and cafes within the nation's capital.
In Just one other Southern Town, Joan Quigley recounts an untold bankruptcy of the civil rights circulation: an epic conflict to topple segregation in Washington, the symbolic domestic of yankee democracy. on the book's center is the bold Mary Church Terrell and the try out case she mounts trying to implement Reconstruction-era legislation prohibiting segregation in D.C. eating places. during the prism of Terrell's tale, Quigley reassesses Washington's courting to civil rights background, bringing to existence a pivotal struggle for equality that erupted 5 years prior to Rosa Parks refused to maneuver to the again of a Montgomery bus and a decade sooner than the scholar sit-in flow rocked segregated lunch counters around the South.
At a time whilst such a lot civil rights scholarship starts with Brown v. Board of Education, Just one other Southern city unearths the tale of the nation's capital as an early flashpoint on race. A wealthy portrait of yankee politics and society within the mid-20th century, it interweaves Terrell's narrative with the court drama of the case and the numerous personalities of the justices who eventually voted unanimously to ban segregated eating places. Resonating with gestures of braveness and indignation that radiate from the capital's streets and sidewalks to its marble-clad seats of energy, this paintings restores Mary Church Terrell and the case that introduced a campaign to their rightful position within the pantheon of civil rights history.