Alexander  v. Holmes County Board of Education ET AL. No. 632 SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 396 U.S. 19; 90 S. Ct. 29; 1969 U.S. 

October 29, 1969, Decided

CORE TERMS: unitary, desegregation, color, dual, effective, segregated, recommendation, terminate, insure, deliberate, vacated, speed, declaring, submission, directing, amicus, curiae, eligible, modifications, reversal, complied, attending, presently, prompt, faithful, suspension, amend, vacate, modify, totally


The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which had entered an order requiring submission of plans for desegregation of 33 Mississippi school districts to be put into effect during the coming school year, subsequently suspended its order and postponed the date for submission of the plans, upon motion of the Department of Justice and the recommendation of the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, the position taken being that time was too short to accomplish a complete and orderly implementation of the desegregation plans for the coming school year.

On certiorari, the Supreme Court of the United States vacated the Court of Appeals' suspension order, and remanded the case to that court for the issuance of an order, effective immediately, declaring that each of the school districts involved may no longer operate a dual school system based on race or color, and directing that the school districts begin immediately to operate as unitary school systems within which no person is to be effectively excluded from any school because of race or color

JUDGES: Burger, Black, Douglas, Harlan, Brennan, Stewart, White, Marshall


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