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Ultimately vindicated 86 years later in the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the Clark decision shows the courage of the Iowa judiciary, which stood virtually alone as other state supreme courts, including those considered progressive, embraced the "separate but equal" rationale of segregation. Iowa courts have repeatedly demonstrated the courage to protect citizens' constitutionally guaranteed rights, even in the face of public disagreement.
Learn More about the Iowa Court's Rich History of Protecting Civil Rights
Early Civil Rights Cases - Iowa Judicial Branch
A brief discussion of three key civil rights cases (including Clark) and Iowa's first-in-the-nation admission of a woman lawyer to the bar.
Iowa Public Radio: River to River
Drake Law School Professor emeritus Russ Lovell discusses three pivotal Iowa civil rights cases: In Re Ralph (1839), Clark v. The Board of Directors (1868), and Coger v. The North Western Union Packet Co. (1873) on the March 3, 2021 episode of the radio program River to River.
Honoring Black History in Iowa
TV station WHO presented an hour-long look at Black history in Iowa in February 2021. The part one video discusses the Clark case, as well as two other groundbreaking racial equality cases decided by the Iowa Supreme Court, in re Ralph and Coger v. N.W. Packet Co.
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