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Runyon v. McCrary

United States Supreme Court
427 U.S. 160 (1976)


Facts

Runyon (defendant) operated a private school that observed a policy of denying admission to African-American students. McCrary (plaintiff) was one of two African-American children who were denied admission. McCrary participated in a class action suit against the school alleging that its admissions policy violated 42 U.S.C.A. § 1981. A second child filed a comparable suit against a different school and the two cases were consolidated for trial. The federal district court found that both children were denied admission on the basis of race and concluded that the admissions policies violated Section 1981. The court of appeals affirmed. The schools petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.

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