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On this date in 1890, public schools allowed Blacks to enroll in Visalia, California.
On that date, the California Supreme Court, in Wysinger v. Crookshank, reversed a lower court decision and ordered that 12-year-old Arthur Wysinger be admitted to Visalia’s regular school system.
Edmund Wysinger, a Black resident of Visalia, filed a writ of mandate on behalf of his minor son, Arthur, on October 2, 1888, challenging a public institution’s authority to deny a group its constitutional right because of race, color, or national origin. School segregation reemerged again in the 20th century.
Historic U.S. Cases 1690-1993:
An Encyclopedia New York
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