The state senate of Louisiana repeals the last of the nation’s racial classification laws.
1983 (Jun 22)
The state senate of Louisiana repealed the last of the nation's racial classification laws. The unanimous senate action followed a 90-4 vote for repeal in the Louisiana House of Representatives on June 9, 1983. The racial classification law had defined a Black person as anyone with one-thirty-secondth “Negro" blood. The repeal effort gained impetus after an unsuccessful effort was made by Susan Guilliory Phipps of Sulphur, Louisiana, to have the racial designation on her birth certificate changed from Black to White. A state court judge, however, had ruled that Phipps had not proved "beyond doubt" that she was not at least one-thirty-second Black.