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SHORT TAKES : Poitier to Play Justice Marshall

Sidney Poitier will play Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in a $10-million ABC miniseries, “Separate But Equal.”

The four-hour production, to be filmed in South Carolina beginning in August, will center on a landmark school desegregation case of the 1950s, director George Stevens Jr. said Tuesday.

Marshall, then an attorney for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, argued the case for better schools brought by black residents of Summerton, S.C.

The case eventually was consolidated with four others that were decided in the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education. In that decision, the high court found school segregation unconstitutional.

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The movie will air in April.


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