Bolling v. Sharpe

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Bolling v. Sharpe
by the Supreme Court of the United States

Bolling v. Sharpe, 347 U.S. 497 (1954), is a landmark United States Supreme Court case which deals with civil rights, specifically, segregation in the District of Columbia's public schools. Originally argued on December 10–11, 1952, a year before Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), Bolling was reargued on December 8 and 9, 1953, and was unanimously decided on May 17, 1954, the same day as Brown. The Bolling decision was supplemented in 1955 with the second Brown opinion, which ordered desegregation "with all deliberate speed." Bolling did not address school desegregation in the context of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, which applies only to the states, but held that school segregation was unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In Bolling, the Court observed that the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution lacked an Equal Protection Clause, as in the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Court held, however, that the concepts of Equal Protection and Due Process are not mutually exclusive. Excerpted from Bolling v. Sharpe on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

United States Supreme Court

347 U.S. 497

Bolling  v.  Sharpe

 Argued: Dec. 8, 9, 1953. --- Decided: May 17, 1954


George E. C. Hayes, James M. Nabrit, Washington, D.C., for petitioners.

Mr. Milton D. Korman, Washington, D.C., for respondents.

Mr. Chief Justice WARREN delivered the opinion of the Court.


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).