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Anti-discrimination flyer from Terrell and Palmer: 1953 | by Washington Area Spark
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Anti-discrimination flyer from Terrell and Palmer: 1953

The Coordinating Committee for the Enforcement of the D.C. Anti-Discrimination Laws dated February 1, 1953 appeals for assistance after an adverse court ruling.

 

The committee was headed by NAACP founder and long-time rights activist Mary Church Terrell in the last years of her life and backed by United Cafeteria and Restaurant Workers Union Local 471 business manager Oliver Palmer whose union provided the ground troops for the campaign.

 

The committee led a nearly four-year effort 1950-53 that involved sit-ins, picketing, boycotts, lobbying a court suits in an effort to enforce the so called “lost laws” that were passed in 1872 and 1873 prohibiting discrimination in public facilities.

 

The Supreme Court eventually ruled in a 1953 decision that the 1871 Organic Act creating the then D.C. City Council granted it general police power to regulate local affairs, that the 1872 and 1873 regulations fell within this authority, and that they remained valid.

 

For more information and related images for Mary Church Terrell, see flic.kr/s/aHsjXbLaF4

 

For more information and related images for Oliver Palmer, see flic.kr/s/aHsm1ZnVra

 

For a deep dive into the 1948 cafeteria workers strike, see washingtonspark.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/against-the-cold...

 

The image is courtesy of the D.C. Public Library Washingtoniana collection.

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Taken on February 1, 1953