Tuesday, February 2, 2021
In the recent Tennessee Bar Journal, we learn about Sallie J. Robinson, who sued the Memphis & Charleston Railroad Company for refusing her a seat in the ladies section in May 1879, solely because of the color of her skin. Along with her husband, she sued under the Civil Rights Act of 1875, a Reconstruction-era federal law designed to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race in public accommodations. Kick off Black History Month by reading about her bravery. Also read how U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Marshall Harlan and Justice Joseph Bradley were involved, in this story by David L. Hudson Jr. Watch for more articles in celebration of Black History Month in upcoming issues of TBA Today.
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