On this day in Alabama history: Key court ruling celebrated  

On this day in Alabama history: Key court ruling celebrated  
Students who fought segregation in Alabama's educational system in the 1963 lawsuit Lee v. Macon County Board of Education, filed by civil rights attorney Fred Gray. From left, Robert Judkins, Shirley Chambliss, Wilma Jones, Wille B. Wyatt Jr., Janis Carter, Helois Billes, Carmen Judkins, Ellen Henderson, Anthony T. Lee, Marsha Sullins, Patricia Jones, and Harvey Jackson. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Fred Gray)

Aug. 23, 2013

Lee v. Macon County Board of Education sought the integration of the all-white Tuskegee High School. The 1963 lawsuit was later expanded to include all of Alabama’s primary, secondary and postsecondary schools and public universities. A three-judge panel of Frank Johnson, Richard Rives and Harlan Grooms issued a blanket desegregation order that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The original suit filed by Tuskegee attorney Fred Gray was named for Anthony and Henry Lee, who were among 14 black students denied entry to the all-white high school. On this day in 2013, Gray, Anthony Lee and others celebrated the 50th anniversary of the case with a two-day symposium that brought together many of the former Tuskegee High School students.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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