On a cool winter night in 1946, Isaac Woodard, Jr. was on his way home after serving in the United States Army in World War II. Woodard would not make it home – at least not as the same man he had been. He would be beaten, blinded, and jailed. What would follow from this incident, and so many more, was an awakening to the cruel and unjust treatment of African Americans throughout the nation. However, this awakening and action would not come over night. It would be fought on many fronts: from Judge Waties Waring’s courtroom, to the Oval Office, to the United States Supreme Court.
Daniel Coble, Per se Inequality: A Review of Judge Richard Gergel's "Unexampled Courage", 46 Seattle U.L. Rev. SUpra 1 (2023)