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Shelton v. Tucker

Significance, Three Teachers Refuse To Comply, Other Naacp Cases, Further Readings


B. T. Shelton, et al.


Everett Tucker, et al.

Appellants' Claim

That the state of Arkansas violated the constitutional rights of personal, associational, and academic liberty by requiring teachers to disclose all their organizational affiliations as a condition for employment.

Chief Lawyers for Appellants

Robert L. Carter, Edwin E. Dunaway

Chief Lawyers for Appellees

Herschel H. Friday Jr, Louis L. Ramsay Jr., Robert V. Light

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Potter Stewart (writing for the Court), Earl Warren

Justices Dissenting

Tom C. Clark, Felix Frankfurter, John Marshall Harlan II, Charles Evans Whittaker


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

12 December 1960


Upheld appellants' claim.

Related Cases

  • Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Alabama, 360 U.S. 240 (1958).
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Button, 371 U.S. 415 (1963).
  • Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, 372 U.S. 539 (1963).

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