SPLC: Landmark Cases

There are few legal cases in history that have such impact as to change the lives of not one, not two, not three, but many people across the country. Listed below are some of these cases.

Alabama State Troopers: This Case doesn't have a specific title. It started out as small civil suit against the state for discrimination and would span 2 decades all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Smith v. YMCA: The Civil Rights Act passed by Congress was aimed to affect the lives of many blacks across the south. But in most Southern States, this act wasn't put into affect. This case shows the committment of SPLC lawyer, Morris Dees, to uncover the truth and bring equality to the land.

Bobby Person v. Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan: this case set the precedent not only for North Carolina but other states as well to limit violent activity and the acitivities of militias in their state.

Dothard v. Rawlinson: The Center fought for all rights, not just civil rights. In this case, Ms. Dothard was denied a job because of her sex. This case too went to the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Beulah Mae Donald v. United Klans of America: In this precedent setting case, the United Klans of America was bankrupted by the seven million dollar verdict awarded to the mother of Michael Donald, killed because he was black.

Hate on Trial: The Trial of America's most dangerous Neo-Nazi. This act of violence shocked the country and inspired documentaries all around the U.S. The Civil Suit filed on behalf of the victim's family put the leaders of the White Aryan Resistance on trial.



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