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The Case Of Dixon V. Alabama: From Civil Rights To Students' Rights And Back Again, Philip Lee Jan 2014

The Case Of Dixon V. Alabama: From Civil Rights To Students' Rights And Back Again, Philip Lee

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On February 25, 1960, African American students from Alabama State College participated in a sit-in at a segregated lunch grill at the Montgomery County Courthouse. The lunch grill refused to serve the students and ordered them to leave. The students left and went to the courthouse corridor, where they remained for an hour before going back to campus.

When Alabama State College learned of the students’ actions, it summarily expelled them without notice or hearing. In expelling the students, the college relied on Alabama State Board of Education regulations that allowed it to expel students for “conduct unbecoming a student …