U.S. Supreme Court
Johnson v. Virginia, 373 U.S. 61 (1963)
Johnson v. Virginia
Decided April 29, 1963
373 U.S. 61
Petitioner, a Negro, was convicted of contempt of court solely because he refused to comply with a judge's instructions to sit in the section of a courtroom reserved for Negroes.
Held: A State may not require racial segregation in a courtroom, and the conviction is reversed. Pp. 373 U. S. 61-62.