Wanda Little Fenimore F'19

Wanda Little Fenimore
Assistant Professor
Arts & Letters
University of South Carolina, Sumter
last updated: 7/17/2019

Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships 2019
Assistant Professor
Arts & Letters
University of South Carolina, Sumter
Elizabeth and Waties Waring: Paving the Rhetorical Road to Brown v. Board of Education

This book examines the rhetorical battle that paved the way for change in the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education. As a rhetorical biography, it offers an account of resistance to white supremacy as seen through the lives and words of Elizabeth and Waties Waring. The Warings initiated a two-person movement with a series of speeches delivered from 1949 to 1951 designed to shift public opinion to the extent necessary to force the federal government to intervene in the South and end legally-mandated school segregation. The Warings' goal was to influence the outcome of Briggs v. Elliott, the school segregation case that originated in Clarendon County, South Carolina.