DEAD-END ROAD may be more aptly
entitled, “Another Brown vs. Board of Education”. This book captures the historical,
educational and political events surrounding Jasper Brown and his struggles to
integrate the public schools in Caswell County,
During the height of the Civil
Rights Movement, Jasper Brown, a God-fearing man, husband, father and community
leader, took a bold stand in pursuit of justice, freedom and equality of
education for his four children and other black children living in Caswell
Starting in 1956, jasper, and
other freedom lovers, throughout the auspices of the Caswell County Branch of
the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP),
initiated desegregation of the Caswell County School System.
After exhausting all
administrative means to integrate the schools, jasper and others filed a
lawsuit and embarked upon a bitter court battle. Six years later, the Federal 4th
Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia
ordered Caswell County
officials to integrate the public schools.
On January 22, 1963, the first day of school integration,
Jasper shot two white men in self-defense and was arrested to stand trial. Ebony and Newsweek magazines ran stories
about the shooting. During the trial,
the late, Honorable Thurgood E. Marshall
assisted with Jasper’s defense.
Although the civil rights
movement initiated by jasper and others was successful, Jasper and his family
suffered humiliation, degradation, dehumanization, financial loss and even
threats on their lives. Yet, through it
all, Jasper and his family held fast to their faith and trust in God that His
justice would prevail.