Mary Church Terrell was an African-American civil rights activist. She fought to desegregate Washington D.C. In 1949, she and others visited a segregated popular restaurant, John R. Thompson Co., Inc. The restaurant refused to serve those who weren’t white. A lawsuit ensued that eventually reached the United States Supreme Court.
On June 8, 1953, the Court held that the restaurant’s refusal to serve a patron based solely on his or her race was illegal in D.C. Read the decision at https://goo.gl/qfXwkW and about Mary Church Terrell at https://goo.gl/gCIiV6.