Monthly Archives: April 2014

Shade and a statue

College of Charleston biology professor Arch McCallum shields his face from the harsh sun April 11 before a ceremony to unveil a statue commemorating the late U.S. District Judge Waties Waring. McCallum’s program is open to a page showing a photograph of Waring. In the background above it under a maroon cloak is the statue. More than 500 people attended the ceremony, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Photo by Andy Brack; used by permission from

Waring honored at Charleston courthouse

Excerpted from The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier:

APRIL 12, 2014 — For 33 years, the only public tribute to one of Charleston’s most famous jurists, the late U.S. District Judge J. Waties Waring, sat on a small podium inside City Hall.

On Friday, diagonally across Broad and Meeting streets, an integrated crowd of several hundred people gathered to watch that change with a few tugs of a red cloth. Continue reading

Waring’s impact big on South Carolina politics, too

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher, Statehouse Report

APRIL 11, 2014 — The same South Carolina federal judge whose dissent framed the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 decision to end school segregation also had a long impact on South Carolina politics.

The late U.S. District Judge J. Waties Waring, an eighth-generation Charlestonian finally being honored today with the unveiling of a statue commemorating his courage and legacy, is generally lauded for his 1951 dissent in a Clarendon County civil rights case, Briggs v. ElliottContinue reading

HuffPost: S.C. finally remembers a hero

From The Huffington Post, April 8, by the Center’s Andy Brack:

It has taken more than 60 years for people in the city where the Civil War started to figure out it was home to an authentic civil rights hero.

The late U.S. District Judge Waties Waring

On Friday, April 11, Charleston city fathers will unveil a statue commemorating the bold prescience of J. Waties (pronounced “wait-eez”) Waring, a federal district judge who was the first in the South to write that government-mandated racial segregation was unconstitutional. The reward for his courage? The eighth-generation Charlestonian became a pariah, run out of town after he retired following his strong dissent that directly influenced the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board school desegregation decision. Continue reading