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C. Spencer Pompey

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C. Spencer Pompey

C. Spencer Pompey (1915-2001) was a local Civil rights activist, author, teacher, and principal who founded the Palm Beach County Teachers’ Association for black teachers.

Pompey was one of three black teachers behind a class-action lawsuit in 1942 against the Palm Beach County School Board and its superintendent protesting a $25-per-month difference in the salaries of white and black teachers. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was then an NAACP lawyer, won the case for the black teachers.

Pompey also protested Delray Beach's whites-only beach in the 1950s and pushed for the first organized recreation programs for the city's black children. He was a coach and social studies teacher at the formerly all-black Carver High School in Delray Beach before becoming principal there.

Hattie Ruth Pompey, his wife of fifty-two years, was a respected educator as well. After her husband’s death, she published his manuscript for the book, More Rivers To Cross.

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