Today in 1964: SCOTUS rules against closing schools to stop integration

May 25, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 25, 1964, the Supreme Court ruled on Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, holding that a county may not close all public schools to stop school integration.

Today in 1896: Plessy v. Ferguson upholds “separate but equal”

May 18, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson, upholding the constitutionality of segregation laws with the rationale that facilities must be “separate but equal.”