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Tue, 04.01.1952

Gebhart v. Belton ruled

*On this date in 1952, Gebhart v. Belton was ruled.  This was a case decided by the Delaware Court of Chancery and affirmed by the Delaware Supreme Court in the same year.

Argued by Louis Redding, Gebhart was one of the five cases combined into Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 decision of the United States Supreme Court which found unconstitutional racial segregation in United States public schools.  Gebhart was unique among the four Brown cases in that the trial court ordered that Black children be admitted to the state's segregated whites-only schools, and the state Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's decision.

In the remaining Brown cases, Federal District Courts all found segregation constitutional, though some judges questioned its effects on African American students.  

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