Terry v. Adams
Significance, The Jaybird Primary, A Pressure Group, Impact
That excluding black voters from the Jaybird Democratic Association's primary elections violated their right to vote based on race and color.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
J. Edwin Smith
Chief Lawyer for the Respondent
Edgar E. Townes, Jr.
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), Harold Burton, Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Robert H. Jackson, Stanley Forman Reed, Fred Moore Vinson
Date of Decision
4 May 1953
Reversed a decision by a court of appeals and held that the combined election procedures of the association and the Democratic Party deprived black citizens of the right to vote, contrary to the Fifteenth Amendment.
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- Guinn and Beal v. United States, 238 U.S. 347 (1915).
- Smith v. Allwright, 321 U.S. 649 (1944).
- Shelley v. Kraemer, 334 U.S. 1 (1948).
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