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Southern cities and MIA respond to Supreme Court ruling affirming Flemming

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April 24, 1956

Bus lines in thirteen southern cities, including Dallas and Richmond, discontinue segregation in response to the Supreme Court ruling, but officials in Alabama and Georgia pledge to resist the ruling. In Montgomery, Police Commissioner Sellers announces that drivers who permit desegregation on their buses will be arrested. After a meeting of the MIA executive board, King announces that there will be no immediate change in strategy and the boycott will continue. In Washington, D.C., seventy-five black leaders convene at a State of the Race Conference to discuss rising racial tensions in the South. A Louisiana judge orders a permanent halt of all NAACP activities in that state.