Ellery Schempp is the primary student involved in the landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court case Abbington School District v. Schempp which declared that required public school Bible readings were unconstitutional. On November 26, 1956, Ellery staged a protest against the school requirement that each student read Bible passages and the Lord's Prayer each day during homeroom. Instead, Ellery brought a copy of the Qur'an and read from that and was sent to the Principal's office. With the help of his father and the ACLU, they sued the school district over their policy of mandatory Bible readings, and the rest is history.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark decision and hear Ellery talk on “Bible in Public Schools: 50 Years Later” Sunday, February 24, 11:00 AM, First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The event is free and all are welcome!