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James Terry McCollum and his mother, Vashti McCollum, who brought suit against Champaign School Board for teaching religion in schools.
James Terry McCollum and his mother, Vashti McCollum, who brought suit against Champaign School Board for teaching religion in schools.
Resource Typeimage
TitleJames Terry McCollum and his mother, Vashti McCollum, who brought suit against Champaign School Board for teaching religion in schools.
Coverage / Year1948; 1940s
DescriptionJames Terry McCollum and his mother, Vashti McCollum, who brought suit against Champaign School Board in the 1940s for teaching religion in schools.
InterpretationJames Terry McCollum and other children whose parents objected to religious instruction in the classroom were segregated from their classmates during religious instruction, and subjected to ridicule, suspicion, and humiliation from classmates and faculty. Vashti McCollum ultimately brought suit against the Champaign School Board, and three years later the issue was resolved by the United States Supreme Court on March 8, 1948. The decision reversed the Sixth Illinois Circuit Court's and the Illinois State Supreme Court's decisions and ruled that Champaign schools' religious program violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Fourteenth Amendment as applied to the states.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; School Museum
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems;
Author or CreatorMcCollum, Dannel Angus
Subject / KeywordsChurch & education; Freedom of religion; Champaign, Illinois
Collection PublisherUIUC Digital Imaging & Media Technology Initiative - GCM Collection
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Resource IdentifierGCM-dme4001
CONTENTdm file name73441172442002_Dme4001.JPG
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