Case: Green v. County School Board of New Kent County, Va

Not Available | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Filed Date: 1964

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Case Summary

The parents maintained that the board had not taken appropriate steps to desegregate the school because no white child had chosen to go the traditionally all black school and only 15 percent of the black children attended the traditionally all white school. The parents asserted that better options were available that would affirmatively cause integration. The court reversed the decision and held that the board's freedom-of-choice plan could not be accepted as a sufficient step to effectuate a t…

The parents maintained that the board had not taken appropriate steps to desegregate the school because no white child had chosen to go the traditionally all black school and only 15 percent of the black children attended the traditionally all white school. The parents asserted that better options were available that would affirmatively cause integration. The court reversed the decision and held that the board's freedom-of-choice plan could not be accepted as a sufficient step to effectuate a transition to a unitary system. In the three years that the plan had been in place during the appeals, virtually no integration had occurred. Rather than affirmatively dismantling the old dual system, the plan placed the burden of integration on the parents. The court ordered the board to adopt steps to convert promptly to a system without a segregated school. It was incumbent on the board to establish that any proposed plan promised meaningful and immediate progress toward disestablishing state-imposed segregation.

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People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Doar, John (District of Columbia)

Pollak, Stephen J. (District of Columbia)

Other Attorney(s)

Active

Active

Active

Expert/Monitor/Master

Landsberg, Brian K. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Doar, John (District of Columbia)

Pollak, Stephen J. (District of Columbia)

Other Attorney(s)

Claiborne, Louis F. (District of Columbia)

Griswold, Erwin N. (District of Columbia)

Wallace, Lawrence G. (District of Columbia)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Landsberg, Brian K. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

67-00695

Memorandum for the United States as Amicus Curiae

Green v. County School Board of New Kent County, Virginia

Supreme Court of the United States

99 S.Ct. 1689

Oct. 1, 1967

Oct. 1, 1967

Pleading / Motion / Brief

Green v. County School Board of New Kent County, Virginia

Green v. County School Board of New Kent County, Virginia

No Court

Jan. 2, 1968

Jan. 2, 1968

Internal memorandum

Resources

Docket

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Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Virginia

Case Type(s):

School Desegregation

Key Dates

Filing Date: 1964

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Filed Pro Se: No

Defendants

County School Board of New Kent County, Virginia, School District

Defendant Type(s):

Elementary/Secondary School

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

U.S. Supreme Court merits opinion

Issues

General:

Education

Racial segregation

School/University Facilities

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black