Interview with William Coleman
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

THAT, THAT TEAM THAT WAS… HAD COME TOGETHER, LEAD BY THURGOOD MARSHALL AND ORGANIZED BY THE NAA… YOU WERE VOLUNTEERING YOUR TIME. THE COURT IN ‘54, OR ‘53, I GUESS, SAYS TO YOU, WE'RE FINALLY GOING TO TREAT THE ISSUE, IN OCTOBER?

William Coleman:

Well, they… they uh, it's a long history, They first uh, in ‘49, there was a case up from South Carolina which they then sent back to South Carolina to see whether the schools had been made equal. Uh, so finally these five cases come together in 1953. Uh, there was an argument at the end of which the court instead of deciding the case, set down it for reargument the following fall. And it listed five questions that it wanted council to address, uh, themselves too. Uh, and I remember when that order came down Thurgood calling and saying, uh, well there ain't nobody is going to get a vacation this summer. We're going to work all summer. And we really did.