The Briggs-De Laine-Pearson Foundation (BDPF) is located in Summerton (Clarendon County), South Carolina, the home of Briggs v. Elliott (first of the five Brown v. Board desegregation lawsuits). With a VISION of helping the economically distressed, rural community begin to thrive, the Foundation seeks to:
- Provide opportunities for each individual to make positive contributions for the common good, and
- Recognize the historical contributions of all its citizens.
This vision is based on a philosophy that all people of the community can realize their full potential if they are supplied with appropriate opportunities, resources and encouragement.
The MISSIONS of BDPF are:
- To perpetuate the legacy of the Briggs lawsuit of making positive community changes by facilitating the educational, social and physical well-being of all members of the community.
- To honor and memorialize the people whose courage and sacrifices were responsible for the Briggs lawsuit by stressing educational achievement, knowledge of local history, and responsible citizenship.