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George E.C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, and James M. Nabrit
George E.C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, and James M. Nabrit, congratulate each other, following the Supreme Court decision declaring segregation unconstitutional in 1954

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14th Amendment to the Constitution Was Ratified
July 28, 1868

Other groups tried to use the 14th Amendment to further their causes. Women attempted to use it to proclaim their right to vote, and African Americans tried to use it as well. On May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson that "separate but equal" facilities were considered sufficient to satisfy the 14th Amendment. It wasn't until May 17, 1954, however, that the Court reversed the Plessy decision, bringing the era of government-sanctioned segregation to an end.
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