Funeral providers have been held Wednesday for longtime U.S. District Choose Neil Brooks Biggers Jr. of Mississippi, who issued landmark rulings on prayer in public faculties and funding traditionally black universities.
Biggers died on October 15 at his house in Oxford. He was 88 years previous.
Companies have been held in Corinth, in line with the Northeast Mississippi Every day Journal.
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Biggers was a local of Corinth and served within the Navy earlier than incomes his regulation diploma. He was elected prosecuting legal professional for Alcorn County, the place Corinth is situated. and as Legal professional Normal for a part of northeastern Mississippi. He was later elected state circuit decide.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan nominated Biggers to function federal decide for the Northern District of Mississippi.
Two of the most important instances Biggers dealt with as a federal decide concerned racial disparities in state college funding and faculty prayer.
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Within the Seventies racial disparities case, black plaintiffs argued that Mississippi was sustaining a twin and unequal system of upper schooling through which majority-white universities obtained more cash than traditionally black universities. In 2002, Biggers ordered the state to allocate an extra $503 million over a number of years to the three traditionally black universities — Jackson State, Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State.
Within the Nineteen Nineties, a mom sued her youngsters’s faculty in Pontotoc County, the place Christian prayers and devotions have been being mentioned over the intercom. Biggers dominated in 1996 that these practices violated the Structure’s ban on authorities institution of faith.
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Biggers served as chief decide of the Northern District of Mississippi for 2 years earlier than assuming the senior place in 2000. He remained the district’s chief decide till his dying.