In 1944, Joseph James filed a lawsuit against the Marinship Corp. and the union for its "closed-shop" practices, and eventually the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of James.
"This was a major victory in the civil rights movement that upheld the
federal prohibition on racial discrimination outlined in President Roosevelt's
Executive Order 8802," wrote the authors of a historical evaluation of 25 Liberty Ship Way commissioned by the VA.
"It became the precedent for many future civil rights cases involving racial discrimination against African-Americans." James went on to become president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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