Morris v. Williams (1945)

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Morris v. Williams
by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Little Rock schoolteacher Susie Morris sued school district officials in federal district court for racial discrimination by paying black teachers less than white teachers. The district court ruled against Morris after finding that she failed to prove the school district had discriminated on the basis of race. Morris v. Williams, 59 F. Supp. 508 (E.D. Ark. 1944). Morris appealed the district court's decision. In Morris v. Williams, 149 F.2d 703 (8th Cir. 1945), a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed that ruling.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

149 F.2d 703

Susie MORRIS (HIBBLER, Intervener)  v.  Robert M. WILLIAMS et al.

Appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

No. 12887.---Delivered: June 19, 1945 

Court Documents
Opinion of the Court

[p704] Thurgood Marshall, of New York City, and J.R. Booker, of Little Rock, Ark. (William H. Hastie, of Washington, D.C., Edward R. Dudley, of New York City, and Myles A. Hibbler, of Little Rock, Ark., on the brief), for appellants.

A.F. House, of Little Rock, Ark. (Baucum Fulkerson and William Nash, both of Little Rock, Ark., on the brief), for appellees.

Luther Ely Smith and Victor B. Harris, both of St. Louis, Mo., and Nanette Dembitz, of Washington, D.C., on behalf of American Civil Liberties Union, amicus curiae.

Before JOHN BENJAMIN SANBORN, JOSEPH WILLIAM WOODROUGH, and SETH THOMAS, Circuit Judges.

[Opinion of the court by Judge THOMAS.]

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).