The NAACP vs. Alabama's Highest Court

Holding a poster against racial bias in Mississippi are four of the most active leaders in the NAACP movement, from left: Henry L. Moon, Roy Wilkens, Herbert Hill and Thurgood Marshall.

Montgomery, AL - Because of their effective civil rights work in Alabama, the state's highest court ordered that the NAACP close down all of the offices across the state.   A number of laws were passed specifically aimed at harassing and intimidating their members.   The laws included making their membership lists public, which often resulted in member's being fired or attacked, and making it a crime to cause trouble by attacking local segregation ordinances.   The laws were eventually struck down by the Supreme Court, but the NAACP's membership suffered until the ruling.