Morgan v Virginia

<em>Virginia State Law Requires All Colored Passengers to Ride in Rear of Bus</em>

In 1944 Irene Morgan refused an order to move to the back seats on a bus as she traveled from her mother's home in Gloucester County, Virginia, to Baltimore. Virginia law required white and black people to occupy different sections in buses, trains, and other public facilities. Convicted for violating the Virginia law, she appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States and, with assistance of attorneys for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, won. In 1946 the court ruled that the state's law conflicted with the power the Constitution granted to Congress to regulate interstate commerce and that it placed an unacceptable burden on that commerce.

That was the law. Was it justice?

 

Related Links:

Biography of Irene Morgan  

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