Before Brown: Heman Marion Sweatt, Thurgood Marshall, and the Long Road to Justice
On February 26, 1946, an African American from Houston applied for admission to the University of Texas School of Law. Although he met all of the school's academic qualifications, Heman Marion Sweatt was denied admission because he was black. He challenged the university's decision in court, and the resulting case, Sweatt v. Painter, went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which r...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by University of Texas Press
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Tells the story of the men and women behind one of the earliest legal triumphs of the Civil Rights movement: the Supreme Court ruling that the "equal" part of "separate but equal" must be taken seriously to apply to the quality of an education and not simply the alternative. Or to put it another way, a degree from a bad school would no longer qualify as equal to a degree from a top university.