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Smith v. Allwright: Landmark Voting Rights Supreme Court Case Litigated By Thurgood Marshall

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smith v allwright

Smith v. Allwright began in U.S. Federal court in 1940.  The case was filed by Dr. Lonnie Smith (1901 – 1971) in Houston, Texas, an African American dentist and civil rights activist.  Smith was also an officer in the  Houston branch of the NAACP.    The legal challenges centered around the practice of excluding blacks from voting in primary elections.  At the time, the Democratic Party was the dominant political party in most Southern states.  Many Southern white democrats favored segregation and other laws to subjugate black people and prevent them from voting.  One such tool that they employed to prevent black people from voting was to declare the Democratic primary elections to be closed to blacks.

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Jacqueline Berrien, Former EEOC Chair, Dies at 53

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Jacqueline Berrien
Jacqueline Berrien

Former EEOC Chair – Jacqueline Berrien dead at 53.  Berrien died of cancer.  President Obama shared, “she has spent her entire career fighting to give voice to under represented communities and protect our most basic rights.”  A focus of her tenure as EEOC Chair was combating workplace discrimination.  During her term as Chair, the EEOC won the largest award under the American With Disabilities Act (ADA) $240 million for intellectually disabled men in EEOC VS. Hill Country Farms. The payout was later reduced to $1.6 million due to statutory caps.

She was also instrumental in the passage of regulations concerning the Genetic Non Discrimination Act of 2008.  A leader by example, during federal sequestration, when staff were furloughed without pay, Berrien donated her pay to a federal employee assistance fund. Prior to joining the EEOC, she worked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.   Click the link below to read more about this phenomenal woman!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/jacqueline-berrien-former-eeoc-chairwoman-dies-at-53/2015/11/12/1ecc41da-8956-11e5-9a07-453018f9a0ec_story.html

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