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Smith v. Allwright (1944)

#On this day in 1944, the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) decision in Smith v. Allwright ruled the so-called "white primary" unconstitutional. The case originated in 1940 when Houston dentist Lonnie E. Smith attempted to vote in the Democratic primary in Harris County and was denied a ballot.

The number of African Americans registered to vote in Texas increased from 30,000 in 1940 to 100,000 in 1947.

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Sunday, April 3, 2022
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