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Buchanan v. Warley
United States Supreme Court
245 U.S. 60 (1917)
In Louisville, Kentucky, a city ordinance prohibited nonwhite people from moving into homes on White-majority blocks. As a test case supported by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a white homeowner and real estate agent, Charles Buchanan, attempted to sell his home to a Black buyer, William Warley. Buchanan then claimed the ordinance prohibited the sale in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause—an argument rejected by the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Day, J.)
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