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On This Date in Legal History

After Brown v. Board of Education was decided, the County Board of Supervisors in Prince Edward, Louisiana, tried to circumvent integrating their public schools by not funding them, thus forcing them to close. Meanwhile, they assisted white families financially (by … Continue reading

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Remembering Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell was an African-American civil rights activist. She fought to desegregate Washington D.C. In 1949, when she and others visited a segregated popular restaurant, John R. Thompson Co., Inc., they refused to serve those who weren’t white. A … 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 May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ordered public schools to integrate, stating– “in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are … 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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On This Date in Legal History

On March 2, 1961, African American students gathered to protest racial segregation in South Carolina. They began their demonstration in a church and marched to the State House in small groups of about 15. There were 187 students, in all. … Continue reading

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

One extremely entertaining (and educational) way of celebrating Black History Month is by watching Lee Daniels’ The Butler. This historical drama traces the fictional life of a former slave, Cecil Gaines, who becomes a butler for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, … 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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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1952 and 1953 the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  Learn more at http://goo.gl/ti9gZN and https://goo.gl/orzmft.

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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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Civil Rights Attorney John Doar

On this date in ­­­1921 John Doar was born. He was a remarkable civil rights attorney. In 2012 President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. From 1960-1967 he worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Department of … 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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On This Date in Legal History

On August 9, 1960, African American boys and girls entered a nationwide chain store, S. H. Kress, in Greenville, South Carolina, and sat at a lunch counter designated for whites only.  The store manager turned off the lights, announced the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this day in 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 … 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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Remembering Civil Rights Activist Mary Church Terrell

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.  As expected, the restaurant refused to serve those who weren’t … Continue reading

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Law Day Is Tomorrow…

The made-for-television movie Separate But Equal traces NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall’s legal fight against segregation. The former Supreme Court Justice was the lead attorney in the Brown v. Board of Education case. This dramatization of that legal battle teaches about the court … Continue reading

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Integration of Little Rock School Was Ordered On This Date

On this day in 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 … Continue reading

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