Richard Gergel is a United States district judge who presides in the same courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, where Judge J. Waties Waring once served. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Judge Gergel earned undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University. With his wife, Dr. Belinda Gergel, he is the author of In Pursuit of the Tree of Life: A History of the Early Jews of Columbia, South Carolina.
Meet the Author
April 1, 2020
Meet United States district judge Richard Gergel as he discusses his book, Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of America, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year.
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A 2019 NPR Staff Pick
How the blinding of Sergeant Isaac Woodard changed the course of America’s civil rights history