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New Negro Alliance v. Sanitary Grocery Co., 303 U.S. 552 (1938)

New Negro Alliance v. Sanitary Grocery Co.

No. 511

Argued March 2, 3, 1938

Decided March 28, 1938*

303 U.S. 552


An association of Negroes, organized for the mutual improvement of its members and the promotion of civic, educational, benevolent, and charitable enterprises, requested a Grocery Company to adopt a policy of employing Negro clerks, in the course of personnel changes, in certain stores of the company patronized largely by colored people but in which no colored clerks were employed. The request was ignored, whereupon the organization caused a picket,

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bearing a placard reading "Do Your Part! Buy Where You Work! No Negroes Employed Here," to patrol in front of one of the stores, on one day, and caused, or threatened to cause, a similar patrol of two other stores.


1. That, within the meaning of the Act of Mar. 23, 1932, § 13, 29 U.S.C. § 113, the "Norris-LaGuardia Act," there was a "labor dispute" in which the Negro organization and its officers were "persons interested." P. 303 U. S. 559.

The fact that the dispute was "racial," in that it grew from racial discrimination, does not remove the case from the scope of the Act.

2. Under §§ 4 and 7 of the Act, the District Court was without jurisdiction to issue an injunction in the premises against the Negro organization and its officers at the suit of the Grocery Company. P. 303 U. S. 561.

92 F.2d 510 reversed.

Certiorari, 302 U.S. 679, to review the affirmance of a decree enjoining the present petitioner from picketing, boycotting, etc., the stores of the respondent. The case was decided below on bill and answer.

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