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Lucy and Marshall leaving court
Lucy and Marshall leaving court

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Autherine Lucy and the University of Alabama
Marshall helped Lucy file a lawsuit against the university. They demanded that Lucy be allowed to attend. Then they pushed their case too far. They accused the university of aiding the rioters by not providing protection for Lucy. Marshall soon realized that this accusation was a mistake. He withdrew the charge, but the damage was already done.

The court ordered the university to take back Lucy, but the university used her lawsuit as an excuse to expel her. University officials claimed that Lucy had slandered (said untrue things about) the university and they could not have her as a student. Marshall had thought the Brown decision would end segregation, but the University of Alabama had found a legal way to stay segregated.

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