SEPARATE, BUT EQUAL ACCOMMODATIONSIt wasn’t until 1964 that the Supreme Court officially upheld the Civil Rights Act, legislation that required even private establishments to give equal access to every paying customer, regardless of their race. Up to that point, Plessy vs Ferguson had been the law of the land. The 1896 court case had seen the Supreme Court officially recognize the legitimacy of segregation and the Jim Crow laws enacted by each state. Fortunately, that kind of silly discrimination isn’t in play anymore.
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