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Out-of-the-Box in Dixie
Cecil Williams's Photography of the South Carolina Events that Changed America

Cecil Williams

Cecil Williams's photography of the South Carolina events that changed America

The 1949 Briggs vs. Elliot case that originated in Clarendon County and the Orangeburg selective buying campaign were both crucial events in the creation of the civil rights movement that changed the course of United States history.

Out-of-the-Box in Dixie is the story of these heroic people whose quest for equality, sacrifices and contributions should not be forgotten. It was the Briggs vs. Elliot case that caused the national office of the NAACP to redirect its approach from suing for "separate but equal" facilities to challenging segregation as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down the decision that segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

This publication is dedicated to documenting the unobtrusive heroism and actions of many people who have been inadequately represented in interpretive discussion relative to desegregation and equality in America.

Cecil Williams is lauded as one of the country's most accomplished visual artists. Williams has worked as a professional photographer, author, and architect, but he is best known as the chronicler of the civil rights era. His photographs have been featured in 126 books, 17 newspapers, and 11 television documentaries.


"You are not alone if you have not heard about two South Carolina events that changed the course of U.S. history. The 1949 Briggs v. Elliott case that originated in Clarendon County and the Orangeburg selective buying campaign were both crucial events in the creation of the civil rights movement…. This publication is dedicated to documenting the unobtrusive heroism and actions of many people who have been inadequately represented in interpretive
discussion relative to desegregation and equality in America."—Cecil Williams, from the introduction

 
 

 

Out-of-the-Box in Dixie


 

PHOTOGRAPHY | CIVIL RIGHTS
(2012) 11 x 11
320 pages
49 color & 325 b&w illus.
ISBN 978-0-944514-76-4
hardcover, $75.00s
Distributed for the author
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