Supreme Court rules on Hansberry v. Lee

November 13

On November 13, 1940, the Supreme Court ruled on Hansberry v. Lee, deciding that African Americans could not be prohibited from white neighborhoods. 

In 1937, Carl Hansberry bought a property in Woodlawn, a predominantly white neighborhood in Chicago, that had a housing covenant outlawing black residents. 

Shortly after purchasing the property Anna M. Lee filed a lawsuit against Hansberry.  After a three year legal battle, which included a trip to the Illinois Supreme Court, a ruling was finally reached in favor of Hansberry.

The Hansberry v. Lee ruling paved the way for racially motivated housing covenants to be outlawed in the city of Chicago.


Hansberry vs. Lee

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