Fifty years ago, in March 1968, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises. Piggie Park, a small barbeque chain that is still open today, refused to serve African American customers. The owner, a segregationist, claimed that the Civil Rights Act violated his religious freedom. In a decision handed down on March 18, 1968, the Supreme Court disagreed. Read more in this policy brief, authored by MAP for Open to All.