"In my judgment, the right of every American to an equal start in life, so far as the provision of a state service as important as education is concerned, is far too vital to permit state discrimination on grounds as tenuous as those presented by this record. Nor can I accept the notion that it is sufficient to remit these appellees to the vagaries of the political process which, contrary to the majority's suggestion, has proved singularly unsuited to the task of providing a remedy for this discrimination. I, for one, am unsatisfied with the hope of an ultimate 'political' solution sometime in the indefinite future while, in the meantime, countless children unjustifiably receive inferior educations that 'may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.' I must therefore respectfully dissent. "
-- Justice Thurgood Marshall, dissent. 411 U.S. 1; 93 S. Ct. 1278; 36 L. Ed. 2d 16; 1973 U.S. LEXIS 91. SAN ANTONIO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT ET AL. v. RODRIGUEZ ET AL. No. 71-1332.SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES. Argued October 12, 1972; March 21, 1973.
[Left to right: George E.C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, and James M. Nabrit, congratulating each other, following Supreme Count decision declaring segregation unconstitutional]. 1954. Associated Press photo. New York World-Telegram & the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)