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Fri, 11.28.1958

Dorsey v. State Athletic Commission decided

*On this date in 1958, Dorsey v. State Athletic Commission was decided. The decision stated, Joseph Dorsey, Jr., is a Negro prizefighter.

He brings this suit on his own behalf and on behalf of all other Negro professional prizefighters similarly situated. He asks for a declaratory judgment and an injunction to restrain the Louisiana State Athletic Commission from enforcing regulation and a statute prohibiting athletic contests between Negroes and whites.   

The decision went to the plaintiff.  This cause came on for hearing on the application of the plaintiff for a declaratory judgment and a temporary injunction. The Court, having carefully considered the arguments of counsel and the record made in this cause, and being of the opinion that the plaintiff should be granted the relief prayed for in his complaint: 

It is ordered, adjudged, and decreed that Rule 26 of the Rules and Regulations of the State Athletic Commission of Louisiana and Act 579 of 1956 of the Louisiana State Legislature (LSA-R.S. 4:451 et seq.) are unconstitutional insofar as they attempt to prohibit athletic contests between negroes and whites based solely on the contestants' race or color. 


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