Morris v. Williams

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Morris v. Williams
by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

Little Rock schoolteacher Susie Morris sued school district officials for racial discrimination by paying black teachers less than white teachers. In Morris v. Williams, 59 F. Supp. 508 (E.D. Ark. 1944), U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Clark Trimble III ruled against Morris after finding that she failed to prove the district had discriminated on the basis of race. Judge Trimble's ruling was reversed on appeal. Morris v. Williams, 149 F.2d 703 (8th Cir. 1945).

Morris's attorneys at trial included Scipio Africanus Jones, who died before this case was over, and Thurgood Marshall, future justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division

59 F. Supp. 508

Susie Morris  v.  Robert M. WILLIAMS et al.

No. Civ. 555.---Delivered: Jan. 5, 1944 

Court Documents
Opinion of the Court

[p509] Attorneys for the plaintiffs: Scipio A. Jones, J. R. Booker, and Myles Hibbler, all of Little Rock, Ark., and Thurgood Marshall, of New York City.

Attorneys for the defendant: Rose, Loughborough, Dobyns & House and William Nash, all of Little Rock, Ark.

[Opinion of the court by Judge THOMAS CLARK TRIMBLE, III.]

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).