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Library of Congress: James Meredith with his attorney Constance Motley

Street v. New York

By April 21, 1969

In Street v. New York, the Supreme Court held that New York could not convict a person based on his verbal remarks disparaging the flag. Street was arrested after he learned of the shooting of civil rights leader James Meredith and reacted by burning his own flag and exclaiming to a small crowd that if the government could allow Meredith to be killed, “we don’t need no damn flag.”


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