|©Dallas Morning News, December 3, 1949. Reprinted with
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Daniel Claims Strong Groups Behind Sweatt
Dallas, Dec. 3. - (AP) - Texas Attorney General Price Daniel said Saturday powerful national groups are supporting Houston Negro's campaign to enter the University of Texas law School.
Daniel told the Dallas Bar Association these groups have filed briefs supporting Heman Marion Sweatt's case against the state. It is scheduled for argument before the US Supreme Court Jan.3.
Briefs have been filed, he said, by the American Federation of Teachers, an AFL affiliate; the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America - without the support of the Presbyterian Church, South; the American Jewish Congress; the CIO and the American Veterans Committee, among others.
For nearly four years Sweatt, a Houston Negro, has fought school segregation, with the backing and counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He meets every qualification for admission to the University of Texas Law School except for his color.
As his case was fought through the Texas court system, the state set up Texas State University for Negroes in Houston. The State Supreme Court last year ruled that the Negro university was equal to any state-supported white university, and turned down his demand for admission to the University of Texas.
He appealed to the United States Supreme Court.