A Look at the Price Paid to Desegregate Schools

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Paratroopers escort a black student from high school.

The Briggs v. Elliott case became part of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, which desegregated America's schools. In this photo, one of nine black students is escorted by U.S. paratroopers while leaving high school on Sept. 25, 1957 in Little Rock, Ark. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For the final installment of our series, "Great Expectations," we take a closer look at the Briggs v. Elliott case, the South Carolina school desegregation suit that became part of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case in the early 1950s.

Farai Chideya talks with Nathaniel Briggs, whose parents were the lead plaintiffs in the case; Joseph Elliott, whose grandfather was the lead defendant; and Joseph DeLaine Jr., son of the late Rev. Joseph Armstrong DeLaine, who helped bring the Briggs case to trial.



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