Joined the army during World War Two to help fight for our rights. He also joined the NAACP to help the group fight segregation in the death South. He defended multiple students who had participated in sit-ins and marches.
He had been credited to have helped mentor many civil rights activists. Instead of forcing people to pay the fees of having a lawyers, he often had them pay in foods like pies, so he obviously wasn’t in it for the money or fame. When he was a young child his father died, so he had to work jobs like digging ditches to support his family.He was known to be very passionate in his trials, yet he was always polite and considerate.He never retired as he has stated that he wants to see the lives in the world improve.He has also helped people like Senator Ernest Hollings realize how bad racism is by education them on it.
He did the Edwards vs. South Carolina which has been cited in more than 70 other cases, which was to protect the right to have protest marches.He opened black classrooms for the unfortunate who were not given any educationHe tried cases such as hospital, park, colleges and university segregation in order to reform them to stop it, or at least bring awareness.He did the Cummings vs City of Charleston trial, he challenged the public golf course being segregatedHe knew that this could affect his family, his career, his entire life, going against what society had given them. Yet, even when he was sure he was going to lose a case, he kept polite, and he fought for it to either win, or at least bring more attention to the issue.
He paved the way for future African Americans, he worked hard. Never retiring, even at 89, because he always wanted things to get better for the groups of people who needed it.Perry told how when he met a judge, the man was incredibly shocked that Perry was black, as if that was so amazing and shocking that a black man was a lawyer. Perry was able to keep a lighthearted outlook on certain memories where many would have turned bitter. He never became racist and against the race that wronged him, he just strived for better, never welcoming the hatred as he easily could of.In the State vs.
Edwards case, he defended protesters who had been arrested because they had been “disturbing the peace”, when they had done nothing besides voicing their opinion.He also, in the Stevenson vs. West case, he was able to get the South Carolina House of Representation reapportioned into one person districts, leading to African Americans being able to get more representation.
Using his representation against discrimination, would write letters, getting the opposers to change without trial.Perry used his knowledge of the law to tear down the walls of segregation in South Carolina, the deep south where virtually everything was segregation, without Perry, it would’ve been much worse off for much longer.Perry helped Sarah Mae Flemming sue the transit company because she was assaulted/had an altercation with the bus driver after she tried to go through a “White Only” door. This was later used during Rosa Parks cases in Montgomery, Alabama.Perry didn’t take cases that were small, ones that would keep him out of the limelight of defying racism. He took cases to make sure that the problems of racism and discrimination would be addressed and fixed.Perry always made sure that he was beyond well prepared for the cases he was apart of, he would read up on it, even bringing books with him.
He always made sure he was being fair and upholding the law.He helped desegregate a hospital after he won the Gloria Blackwell and Laura Rackley vs Tri-County Hospital, where a black lady was arrested for sitting in the white only waiting room, waiting for her daughter.During that case, Perry was arrested under “contempt of court”, which meant he had been disobedient towards the law. Yet, Perry was known for being courteous to everyone he met, racist or not.
Perry was likely arrested, like many other well known civil rights activists, arrested because he defied the law of white supremacy. Yet, he didn’t let this stop him, he still continued to take cases to help those and bring recognition towards the fight against racism in the deep south.In the Harvey B. Gantt vs. The Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina, he defended, marking the first african american to join Clemson college, and later the desegregation of Clemson college.
Perry fought many cases to stop segregation in front of the Supreme Court, winning many of them too.Perry was the first african american from the deep south to become a federal judge, inspiring others and paving the way for future generations.In the Peterson vs. City of Greenville, he and the team helped over 7,000 people who had been arrested for being apart of sits ins, using the right of free speech.Perry died at age 89, in 2011, he never retired, and he never worked less than he had before.
He stay vigorous and worked harder than before. He knew that he had a reputation, he name brought hope for the young and helpless, he had the knowledge and power to help stop the discrimination of the innocent, so he did for his entire life.Because Perry took the challenging cases, the ones that brought awareness and change to the racist structure in society, he inspired future lawyers, judges and activists like J. Michelle Childs, an african american judge in the US District Court for the District of South Carolina. Because Perry took the effort to take and win hard segregation cases, she was inspired to do the same.