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Davis v. School Commissioners of Mobile County (1971) involved the adequacy of a desegregation plan for Mobile County, Alabama. The Supreme Court ruled that because the existing desegregation plan did not make use of all possible remedies, it was necessary to return the dispute to a lower court to work out a more realistic plan. Davis was one of the cases in which the Court showed its impatience with school boards that maintained segregated districts, more than 15 years after Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka struck the practice down.

Facts of the Case

With 73,500 pupils in 1969, the Mobile County school system was 58% White and 42% Black. The school system had transported over 22,000 students every day in 200 school buses during the ...

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