DONALD MURRAY Vs. PEARSON UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF LAW

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Running head: MURRAY Vs. PEARSON 1Donald V. Murray Vs. Pearson (University of Maryland Law School)NameInstitutional Affiliation
MURRAY Vs. PEARSON 2IntroductionMurray v. Pearson was a case of the Maryland Court of Appeals that found the state had taken control the function of education in the law but had segregated students of one race from the only institution that had adequate provision for it and denied them admission solely because their skin was colored. Donald Gaines Murray was the first African-American to join the University Of Maryland School Of Law, this came after their effort in 1890 to prevent people of color from attending it (Cameron Lippard, 2014). Murray first sought to be admitted in the University Of Maryland School Of Law in January 1935, but he was denied admission because of his race. His two appeals at the Board of Regents of the University were all unsuccessful. After these rejections, Murray began to work with lawyers from Washington D.C’s Howard University to pursue legal action.The lawyers Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall with the assistance of attorney Nicholas Gosnell who was based in Baltimore were to represent Murray. They argued that the policy of segregation based on race was unconstitutional. Marshall explained that no comparable school of law had been provided for the African-Americans, so it was only fair for Murray to join the white university. The school had failed to offer a separate but equal education for Murray as of the fourteenth amendment of the U.S. constitution equal protection clause dictated. The University Of Maryland School Of Law in their defense stated that because of its organization not being a governmental agency it was not required to give equal rights to students from both races (Wojciech Sadurski, 2014). They further said that if at all it was a state agency it was still not required to admit black students as the amendments allowed the segregation of racesfor education. Separation of races in school was a public policy and practice. The University Of

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