Court Documents Related to Segregation in Public Facilities and Schools
In the twentieth century, the modern civil rights movement put pressure on the courts to address discriminative practices, especially segregation in public facilities and in the nation's public schools.
Morgan v. Hennigan
In 1972, a number of African-American students brought a major discrimination case against Boston public schools. Read about this case in U.S. District Court for Massachusetts: Morgan v. Hennigan.
En route to a concert from Honolulu to Australia, Ella Fitzgerald was denied the right to board a Pan American flight. Fitzgerald was an international singing sensation. The refusal to allow her on board the plane was seen as discriminatory. Examine the official complaint and judgement in the case Ella Fitzgerald vs Pan American Airways, INC, 1954.
Questions for Discussion
- In the 1954 case involving the airlines, how was Ella Fitzgerald's civil right violated?
- Discuss how discrimination cases in the 1950s led to the major civil rights movement of the 1960s.