An Overview of Desegregation

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An Overview of Desegregation

In 1896, the Supreme Court Case of Plessy vs. Ferguson ruled the "seperate but equal" principle between white and blacks. This meant that railroad cars, water fountains, and even schools were to be segregated.

The Supreme Court case of Brown vs. the Board of Education took place in 1954. This ruling outlawed segregation and made it legal for whites and blacks to attend the same schools.

Thurgood Marshall was the main lawyer of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). He argued that the "seperate but equal" principle was not fair.

In 1960, Ruby Bridges became the first black child to attend public school with white children. The guards at the school in Mississippi refused to let her in, but that didn't stop her. She was escorted by two US marshalls on her first day of school.

Thurgood Marshall argued that segregation in schools made the black children feel inferior. He also said that it affected their ability to learn. He knew what the segregation was doing to their minds, hearts, and dignity.

Thurgood Marshall makes some of the same points as Ernest Gaines does in his novel "A Lesson Before Dying." The students and Jeferson do not have much dignity, and it is obvious that they are treated unfairly compared to white people.

The novel "A Lesson Before Dying," takes place before desegregation occurs. Everything in the book is seperate, and not eqaul.

The white people were very upset with the decision to end segregated schools. Many white children were pulled out of their public schools and put in private schools to avoid integration.


Murphy, Bruce Allen. "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2013. Web. 6 Oct. 2013.


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