Monday, December 5, 1960: Boynton v. Virginia

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that racial segregation in bus terminals and related facilities associated with interstate travel (waiting rooms, restaurants, etc.) is illegal under the Interstate Commerce Act. The 7-2 ruling sets the stage for the "Freedom Rides" through the South the next year. (Future Supreme Court judge Thurgood Marshall argues the case for the plaintiffs; Justice Hugo Black, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, writes the majority opinion.)

* Summary of case: @
* Text of decision: @
* Listen to oral arguments: @
* Excerpt from "Freedom's Main Line: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides": @

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