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June 12, 1967 – The Supreme Court Decided Loving v. Virginia

Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967) was a landmark civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court declared Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statutes unconstitutional, overturning Pace v. Alabama (1883) and ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the … Continue reading

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May 18, 1896 – The U.S. Supreme Court Upheld the Constitutionality of “Separate-But-Equal” Segregated Public Facilities in Plessy v. Ferguson (163 U.S. 537)

The state of Louisiana enacted a law that required railroads in that state to provide “equal but separate” cars for blacks and whites. In 1892, Homer Adolph Plessy–who was seven-eighths Caucasian–took a seat in a “whites only” car of a … Continue reading

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Brown v. Board of Education: The Unwitting Contribution of Louis Armstrong

In 1954, a white professor of constitutional law, Charles L. Black, Jr. helped Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. to write the legal brief for Linda Brown, a 10-year-old student in Topeka, Kansas, whose historic … Continue reading

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May 8, 1858: Lincoln’s Most Famous Court Case: The Almanac Trial

When Lincoln was a young man living in New Salem, Illinois, a local bully, Jack Armstrong, challenged Lincoln to a wrestling match. Lincoln won, and earned Armstrong’s respect and friendship. Twenty years later, in 1857, Lincoln learned that Jack’s son … Continue reading

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May 6, 1987 – Thurgood Marshall Delivers His Famous “Bicentennial Speech”

Thurgood Marshall, born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 2, 1908, was the first African American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. As a child, he was punished for his school misbehavior by being forced to write out sections of … Continue reading

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