-- For the first time since 1917, the question of residential segregation
was argued in the Supreme Court of the
For the defendant, Carl Hansberry,
With the full court in session, Chief Justice Hughes presiding, Mr.
Dickerson pointed out the facts on which he brought the case before the supreme court on an appeal from the verdict of the supreme
court of the state of
Upholding the decision of the lower courts of the state, the case was before
Mr. Dickerson's argument was frequently interrupted by Associate Justices Felix Frankfurter, Hugo Black, James C. McReynolds and even the chief justice himself, all of whom sought clarification of points in question.
Growing out of a case where a group of white owners had drawn up an agreement among themselves some years ago not to sell their properties to Negro tenants, the [Page 2] ramifications of the case have been bitterly fought in the Chicago courts up through the highest courts in the state of Illinois.
Representing the opposition was Atty. McKenzie Shannon, white, son of the
Should the court render a decision favorable to Hansberry the effect will be far reaching. However, there is no indication just how far the court will go in this practice of tenant covenants.
Jubilant over the handling of the case, the
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