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By DAVID L. HUDSON Jr.
First Amendment Center
Fifty years ago — on Jan. 14, 1963 — the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a Virginia law that was being used to quash the work of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The court ruled in NAACP v. Button that the First Amendment protected the group’s efforts to solicit plaintiffs to challenge segregation policies.
The state of Virginia had passed a law expanding the definition of the improper solicitation of legal or professional business.
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