Hazel Scott: "I sued and I won and I gave all the money to the NAACP"

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Terrific article on Hazel Scott by biographer Karen Chilton. In 1950, Scott brought a successful lawsuit against a restaurant near Spokane, Washington, where she and a traveling companion had been denied service, the waitress told them, because they were Negroes.[fn]Hazel Scott Attorneys Score in Initial Round, Spokane Daily Chronicle, April 17, 1950. After arriving at her hotel, Scott told her assistant, 

“I said I want the following things in the following order: a hot bath, a hot drink, and a lawyer. I sued and I won and I gave all the money to the NAACP.”1

According to historian Dwayne Mack, Scotts victory helped African Americans challenge racial discrimination in Spokane, while at the same time inspiring civil rights organizations to pressure the Washington state legislature to enact the Public Accommodations Act in 1953.2

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