Sep 232019

United Stats District Court Judge, Richard Gergel, spoke to the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant about a little know story relating to the segregation times in the United States during the 40’s and 50’s.  Judge Gergel holds the same position in Charleston as Judge J. Waties Waring, who was involved with several segregation cases during that time period.  Wanting to know more about his predecessor, Judge Gergel studied some of his cases.  While Judge Waring helped adjudicate several segregation cases, there was one that Judge Gergel wanted to study further.  He became so interested in it that he decided to write a book about it.  It is a story about a black army sergeant, traveling on a bus through SC, coming home from  WWII in 1945.  Through a series of tragic events, the sergeant was beaten by policemen with “billy clubs” and blinded.  The whole story can be read in Judge Gergel’s book:  Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sergeant Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring.

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