other notable deaths

other notable deaths

September 08, 2006

Jawn A. Sandifer, 92, a former New York judge who as a young lawyer argued a civil rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court that served as a precedent for the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, died Sept. 1 in Sarasota, Fla.

In 1950, Mr. Sandifer was one of two staff lawyers for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who successfully argued Henderson vs. United States. In its 8-0 decision, with one justice recusing himself, the Supreme Court ruled that railroads operating across state lines may not bar passengers from eating in dining cars because of their race.

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