Smith v. Allwright
Significance, Reconstruction, A Foot In The Door, A Final Test, An End To State-sponsored Political Discrimination
Lonnie E. Smith
S. S. Allwright, election judge, et al.
That rules of the Texas Democratic Party which barred African Americans from participation in primary elections violated his constitutional rights.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioner
Thurgood Marshall and William H. Hastie
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
George W. Barcus
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Robert H. Jackson, Frank Murphy, Stanley Forman Reed (writing for the Court), Wiley Blount Rutledge, Harlan Fiske Stone
Owen Josephus Roberts
Date of Decision
3 April 1944
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the petitioner's claim and overturned two lower court decisions to hold that the Texas Democratic Party owed Smith $5000 in compensatory damages, and that the party could no longer exclude African Americans from participation in its primary elections.
- Newberry v. United States, 256 U.S. 232 (1921).
- Nixon v. Herndon, 273 U.S. 536 (1927).
- Nixon v. Condon, 286 U.S. 73 (1932).
- Grovey v. Townsend, 295 U.S. 45 (1935).
- United States v. Classic, 313 U.S. 299 (1941).
Hall, Kermit L., ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
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