Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

July 29, 1944

On July 19, 1944, the Philadelphia Tribune reported on voting rights in Texas.  "Dr. Lonnie Smith, local dentist, upon whose case the United States Supreme Court ruled that colored citizens had the right to vote on the Texas Democratic primaries led hundreds of colored voters all over the Lone Star State to the Polls last Saturday.  Wherever colored citizens had paid their poll tax in the state they voted."  The landmark Smith v Allwright decision ruled that it was unconstitutional for Texas or other states to hold white primaries.  (Click to view article PDF).

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