Court rules for Black education in California
On this date in 1890, public schools allowed Blacks to enroll in Visalia, California.
On that date, the California Supreme Court, in Wysinger v. Crookshank, reversed a lower court decision and ordered that 12-year-old Arthur Wysinger be admitted to Visalia’s regular school system.
Edmund Wysinger, a Black resident of Visalia, filed a writ of mandate on behalf of his minor son, Arthur, on October 2, 1888, challenging a public institution’s authority to deny a group its constitutional right because of race, color, or national origin. School segregation reemerged again in the 20th century.
Historic U.S. Cases 1690-1993:
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