Somebody Had To Do It: First Children in School Desegregation

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About the Exhibit

Somebody Had To Do It examines the history of school desegregation in South Carolina and the U.S. South. This online exhibition features oral histories with Black Americans who were the “first children” to integrate public schools in the mid-twentieth century. It also includes an essay by Somebody Had To Do It project director and “first child” Millicent E. Brown, historic context by Jon Hale and Clerc Cooper, and an interactive map and timeline. Published May 2015.


Project Authors: Millicent Brown, Somebody Had To Do It Project Director and Independent Scholar; Jon Hale, College of Charleston; Clerc Cooper, College of Charleston