Sweatt v. Painter (1950) Texas
- District Court 1946
- Another step towards assaulting the separate aspect of the separate but equal doctrine.
- Sweatt seeks entry to the University of Texas Law School.
- After state judges ordered school officials to provide him a legal education substantially equivalent to that provided
whites, they responded by designating the basement of an office building a law school for blacks.
- Marshall argues in 1946 in Texas District Court that an essential facility of a modern law school consists of one’s classmates. He calls professional sociologists to testify that segregation prevents the student from understanding the group from which he is segregated and intensifies suspicion and mistrust between Negroes and whites.
- The District Court ruled against Sweatt, and it would take another three years before
the case came before the Supreme Court.