Discovering the Man Behind a Boy's Protest In 1956, 16-year-old Pennsylvania schoolboy Ellery Schempp decided to protest his public school's mandatory prayer and Bible-reading period by reading silently from the Koran. He was ejected from class and then sued the school district. The case eventually went to the Supreme Court.
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Discovering the Man Behind a Boy's Protest

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Discovering the Man Behind a Boy's Protest

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In 1956, 16-year-old Pennsylvania schoolboy Ellery Schempp decided to protest his public school's mandatory prayer and Bible-reading period by reading silently from the Koran. He was ejected from class and then sued the school district.

The case eventually went to the Supreme Court, setting a precedent that banned school-sponsored prayer, a decision that remains controversial to this day.

Host Liane Hansen speaks with Stephen Solomon, author of the book Ellery's Protest — and to Ellery Schempp himself.