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June 8, 1953 - Supreme Court ruling bans discrimination in Washington, D.C. restaurants. In the iconic geography of the civil rights movement, the South understandably looms large. Selma. Birmingham. Greensboro. Washington? Not so much. But as the nation reflects on the struggle for racial equality this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the capital’s mostly forgotten history of integration is worth remembering. Washington was a key civil rights battleground, especially in the years before the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education. In fact, in 1953, a Supreme Court decision that desegregated Washington restaurants paved...

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