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Thu, 07.03.1952

Miller v. The Board of Education is Filed

*Miller v. Board of Education was filed on this date in 1952.

The plaintiffs were Black deaf school-age residents of the District of Columbia. The defendants were the Board of Education, its members, the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Commissioners of the District and its members, the Federal Security Administrator, the Board of Directors of the Columbia Institution for the Deaf, and its directors. The Columbia Institution for the Deaf operates a school for the education of deaf children in the district.

The plaintiffs claimed that all requests to admit them to the Columbia Institution had refused. They also pray for injunctive relief to compel defendants to educate them, and others similarly situated within the District of Columbia and at the Columbia Institution for the Deaf.

The District of Columbia moved to dismiss on the ground that the complaint fails to state a claim against them upon which relief can be granted, or in the alternative to granting summary judgment on the ground that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact. District defendants have filed a similar motion. Defendant Federal Security Administrator has answered, and no motion is before me for the decision on his behalf. The case's outcome was in part responsible for the opening of Kendal School for the Deaf.

The presiding judge stated for the record herein disclosed that the President of the Columbia Institution has advised the Superintendent of Schools that provision will be made for the education of colored deaf children in segregated classes in its school, and the Board of Education has agreed to recommend the making of a contract for the Columbia Institution to so educate colored deaf children of the district commencing in September of 1952. 

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