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Matthew J. Perry : The Man, His Times, and His Legacy - W. Lewis Burke

Matthew J. Perry

The Man, His Times, and His Legacy

By: W. Lewis Burke (Editor), Belinda L. Gergel (Editor), Randall L. Kennedy (Introduction by)

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Published: 1st April 2004
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Matthew J. Perry: The Man, His Times, and His Legacy chronicles the life and accomplishments of the attorney who led the struggle for desegregation in South Carolina, served as a primary legal advocate in the national civil rights movement, and became South Carolina's first African American U.S. District Court judge. In this volume, scholars of the civil rights era, fellow civil rights activists, jurists, attorneys, a governor, and an award-winning photojournalist join together to produce a multilayered biography of Matthew J. Perry. Collectively they bring to light the remarkable achievements of a man well known in his home state but sometimes obscured on the national stage by the shadows of Thurgood Marshall, J. Waties Waring, and Charles Hamilton Houston. This volume tells the story of Perry's life, including his humble beginnings in Columbia, his service to the nation during wartime, his remarkable career as a creator of positive social change, and, finally, his achievements as a respected member of the federal judiciary. The contributors describe Perry's courage, skills as an orator, quick legal mind, and genteel nature. They set his story in the turbulent civil-rights-era South, revealing how broad social, historical, and legal issues affected Perry's life and shaped the trajectory of his activist and professional life. The volume underscores how Perry enabled his home state to escape from Jim Crow's clutches with much less turmoil than many of its neighbors. Published in concert with the dedication of the Matthew J. Perry, Jr. United States Courthouse in Columbia, South Carolina, this life story portrays an esteemed juror whose grace and resiliency led South Carolina into the twentieth century.

If the civil rights struggle were a war, Matthew Perry would receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. He wasn't a billable hours lawyer. He wasn't even a trial lawyer that got paid when he won. He was a trial lawyer who seldom got compensated, was ridiculed, insulted, abused, and jailed for what the legal profession takes for granted. But he persisted and won. Leading the struggle, working around the clock with warmth, dignity, and good humor, he now presides with experienced judgment. - The Honorable Ernest F. Hollings, U.S. Senate

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Matthew J. Perry, a Lawyer with a Causep. 1
The South Carolina State College Law School: Its Roots, Creation, and Legacyp. 17
Matthew J. Perry's Preparationp. 61
Before Rosa Parks: The Case of Sarah Mae Flemmingp. 81
A Postscript: Flemming's Role in Matthew J. Perry's Careerp. 95
Matthew J. Perry's Contribution to the Development of Constitutional Lawp. 104
Personal Views of Matthew J. Perry: Vignettesp. 119
"Chief Counsel,"p. 119
Tribute to Matthew J. Perryp. 120
A Remembrance of a "Cooperating" Attorneyp. 122
A View of Matthew J. Perry from Opposing Counselp. 123
An NAACP Field Director Remembersp. 126
The Five-Second Rulep. 127
The J. Arthur Brown Family: Clients' Reflections on Matthew J. Perryp. 128
Recording the Role of Matthew J. Perryp. 130
For Freedom and Justice: Photographsp. 136
Judge Matthew J. Perry: A Leaderp. 146
Judge Matthew J. Perry: My Mentorp. 147
The Honorable Matthew J. Perry: A Dear Friend and Wise Colleaguep. 151
A Life Changedp. 152
The Civil Rights Advocatep. 155
Dining with Harvey Gantt: Myth and Realities of "Integration with Dignity"p. 183
Memory, History, and Community: The Assimilation of Houstonian Principles in the Career of Matthew J. Perryp. 221
Unfinished Transformation: Matthew J. Perry's South Carolinap. 238
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9781570035340
ISBN-10: 1570035342
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.62