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Burton v. Wilmington Parking Authority

United States Supreme Court
365 U.S. 715 (1961)


Facts

Burton (plaintiff), an African American man, brought suit against Wilmington Parking Authority (WPA) (defendant), operator of an off-street automobile parking building, on the grounds that the Eagle Coffee Shoppe, Inc., a restaurant located in WPA’s building, refused to serve Burton food or drink solely because he was African American. The Supreme Court of Delaware held that the restaurant’s actions did not constitute state action and denied relief to Burton. Burton appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Clark, J.)

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Dissent (Harlan, J.)

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