Remembering Judge Matthew Perry

South Carolina lost a legendary figure with the recent death of U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Perry.  He played a major role in the civil rights movement in the state, serving for a time as counsel for the state NAACP, and ultimately became South Carolina’s first African-American federal judge.  The federal courthouse in Columbia is named in his honor.  Read more about his life here.

USC’s Moving Image Research Collections is currently featuring a video of Judge Perry in a 1980 interview, part of the series Quest for Human / Civil Rights–Oral Recollections of Black South Carolinians, produced by the University of South Carolina.  Watch it here.

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