Thursday, June 25, 2009


This collection highlights the short life and numerous achievements of Lloyd L. Gaines, a black man from Mississippi whose family moved to Missouri when he was a child. A hard worker and stellar student, he was valedictorian of his Vashon High School graduating class, and an honor student at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. When he applied to the University of Missouri Law School, however, he was denied admittance solely on account of his race. He sued, and his case went all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court:

NOTE: Yes, I did say short life. Gaines mysteriously vanished at age 28, three months after the Supreme Court decided his case…

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