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Gong Lum v. Rice

(1927) Gong Lum v. Rice was the case arising from a suit filed by a Chinese-American immigrant attempting to enroll in an all-white school in Rosedale. Martha Lum, the nine year old student filing suit, attempted to enroll in Rosedale Consolidated School in 1927. The Court upheld the precedent of Plessy v. Ferguson by ruling that Rosedale Consolidated School had a constitutional right to maintain a “separate but equal”school system. Gong Lum v. Rice was an important case in establishing “separate but equal”for all races, not just black and white. Segregation was ruled unconstitutional with Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.