Water Tossing Boulders

How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crowe South

A vital, forgotten chapter of America's past that uncovers a powerful journey of an oppressed people

By Adrienne Berard Read by Moe Egan Biographies & Memoirs / History - United States / Nonfiction / Social Science English, Unabridged 6h 5m Sell Sheet
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							On September 15, 1924, Martha Lum and her older sister Berda were barred from attending middle school in Rosedale, Mississippi. The girls were Chinese and therefore colored; the school was for whites. This event would lead to the first US Supreme Court case to challenge racial division within Southern public schools, thirty years before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education brought down walls of segregation in the South. In the first case to confront the "separate but equal" doctrine, the Lum family along with an eccentric Mississippi lawyer fought for the right to educate Chinese Americans in the white schools of the Jim Crow South. Through extensive research in historical documents and family correspondence, Berard illuminates a vital, hidden chapter of America's past.

"In an engaging bit of social history, Berard rescues a forgotten part of Southern history and brings it to light, offering readers a rare glimpse into Chinese immigrant life and the way segregation affected so many for decades. Flush with telling details and backed by meticulous research, a piece of near-forgotten Chinese-American history is retold." - Kirkus Reviews