On tomorrow's date in 1953, the U.S. Supreme Court, in District of Columbia v. Thompson Co., ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks, according to the Associated Press.
That was only 55 years ago!
I've said it before, but I will say it again: it is very difficult to grasp that things I learned about as a kid in history class happened so recently.
Movies and TV-series about segregation in the United States always seemed to me like they were depicting events that happened hundreds of years ago. I keep forgetting that America as we know it barely existed a couple of hundred years ago.