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On This Date in Legal History

On October 29, 1969, the United States Supreme Court decided Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education. The Court held that schools must desegregate immediately. The opinion states–“No person is to be effectively excluded from any school because of race or … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On September 12, 1958, the Supreme Court decided Cooper v. Aaron. In that case, the Little Rock School Board asked the Court to postpone the integration of their high school.  The Arkansas Governor and Legislature stirred up trouble and incited mayhem … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On February 26, 1962, the United States Supreme Court unequivocally stated in Bailey v. Patterson that “no State may require racial segregation of interstate or intrastate transportation facilities.” The Justices explained that would be unconstitutional.

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February is National African American History Month

In honor of National African American History Month I recommend watching the film “Mr. Civil Rights—Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP.”  The film traces Thurgood Marshall’s life as a civil rights attorney.  Prior to becoming the first African American Supreme Court … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On December 28, 1958, a Howard University African American law student, Bruce Boynton, boarded a Trailways bus in Washington DC.  He was heading to Alabama, when his bus stopped for forty-five minutes at a Trailways Bus Terminal in Richmond, Virginia. … Continue reading

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On This Date Rosa Parks Was Arrested

On this day in 1955 Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat and move to the back of a Montgomery City bus where other African Americans were seated.  Take a look at the Arrest Report at … Continue reading

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Integration of Little Rock School Was Ordered On This Date

On September 12, 1958, the Supreme Court decided Cooper v. Aaron.  In that case, the Little Rock School Board asked the Court to postpone the integration of their high school.  The Arkansas Governor and Legislature stirred up trouble and incited … Continue reading

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February is National African American History Month

In honor of National African American History Month I recommend watching the film “Mr. Civil Rights—Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP.”  The film traces Thurgood Marshall’s life as a civil rights attorney.  Prior to becoming the first African American Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Desegregating the Parks & Recreational Facilities in Memphis

In 1960, African American residents in Memphis brought a lawsuit to desegregate all of the City’s parks and recreational facilities.  On this date in 1963, the Supreme Court held in Watson v. City of Memphis that, “the continued denial to … Continue reading

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Today In 1956–The Supreme Court Ended Segregation On Buses

Four African American women from Montgomery, Alabama, brought a class action lawsuit alleging that local ordinances and state statutes, requiring segregation on buses, were unconstitutional.  A United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama agreed.  It found the … Continue reading

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Which Supreme Court Case Required Desegregation “At Once” On This Day In 1969?

Many schools in Mississippi were still segregated in 1969.  In Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered plans to be submitted to desegregate thirty-three Mississippi school districts.  The Department … Continue reading

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