The inspiring story of how Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson, descendants of key figures in the infamous Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson, have come together to fight for racial equality.
Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson were both born in New Orleans in 1957. Sixty-five years earlier, in 1892, a member of each of their families met in a Louisiana courtroom when Judge John Howard Ferguson found that Homer Plessy could be charged with breaking the law by sitting in a train car for white passengers. The case of Plessy v. Ferguson
went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that "separate-but-equal" was constitutional, sparking decades of unjust laws and discriminatory attitudes.
, Amy Nathan threads the personal stories of Keith and Phoebe into the larger history of the Plessy v. Ferguson
case, race relations, and civil rights movements in New Orleans and throughout the U.S. This second edition includes a new epilogue describing a triumph that occurred a year after the first edition was published. In 2022, the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation, which was created by Keith and Phoebe in 2009 to change the legacy of the case that links their families, worked with a legal team and won a posthumous pardon for Homer Plessy.
Includes black and white photos throughout. "Together has a second edition that adds a new coda to Homer Plessy's legal saga. Nearly 125 years to the day when Homer] Plessy pled guilty in January 1897 and paid a $25 fine for violating the state's Separate Car Act, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards finally pardoned him for his act of civil disobedience. The book's author, Amy Nathan, recently spoke to Law360 about Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson's shared history, their petition for Homer Plessy's pardon, and how they replaced the 'versus' of Plessy v. Ferguson with 'and' to form the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation in 2009 to help educate people about the case and the legacy of segregation."--Law360
Amy Nathan is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for adults and young people, including Round and Round Together: Taking a Merry-go-Round Ride into the Civil Rights Movement (Paul Dry Books, 2011) and A Ride to Remember (2020). Nathan's other books for young people include two on women's history for National Geographic, books on homework and allowances, and one about civil rights hero Sarah Keys Evans: Take a Seat--Make a Stand. She has also written three music-advice books published by Oxford University Press. Nathan grew up in Baltimore and now lives in Westchester County, NY.