This is the inside story of the events leading up to a precedent-setting 1948 Supreme Court ruling that a practice involving religion and public education practiced within the Champaign County, Illinois School District was unconstitutional.
A Champaign resident and mother of three boys, Vashti McCollum took on the board of education to challenge a program of sectarian religious classes held in public school buildings on school time. This was the first of series of cases brought under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution where a practice by a local or state governmental body was actually held to violate the First Amendment's “establishment of religion” clause.
The meticulously researched story is told by Vashti’s son, Dannel McCollum, a Champaign native who was an elementary school student at the time.
This book is also available at The News-Gazette, 15 Main Street, Champaign.