In the late 1980s, the Rev. Charles L. White Jr. sued a South Carolina restaurant that refused to serve him and fellow NAACP officials because of their race, and won.
The verdict marked the first time in the state's history that an African American recovered monetary damages for race discrimination, using the claim of outrage. The suit also led state lawmakers to adopt a stronger public accommodations law.
Since that time, the 42-year-old pastor and activist has risen through the ranks to become the NAACFs national field director. Based in Arkansas with his wife and children, White regularly travels the country seeking to right the wrongs of social injustice.