Brown vs. Board of Education

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Brown vs. Board of Education

Kansas, Deleware, the District of Columbia, South Carolina, and Virginia, were all states who put cases on the Supreme Courts docket challenging the racial segreation in public schools. Although each case was different, the Supreme Court decided to combine all of these cases under the one name of Brown vs. Board of Education. The common factor between all cases was that having segregated schools broke the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment. On May 14th, 1954 the verdict of the case was decided. The Supreme Court ruled that seperate educational facilities were unequal. Although it would be many years before all schools were desegrated, this case began the process.


1896 - In the Plessy vs. Ferguson case the Supreme Court finds "Seperate but Equal" to be constitutional. 1952 - The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Brown vs. Board of Education case1953 - The Supreme Court hears the second round of arguments in the Brown vs. Board of Education case1954 - The Supreme court overturns Plessy vs. Freguson and states that seperate schools are not equal. 1955 -The Supreme Court orders lower federal courts to require desegreation in all public schools.

"To separate them from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone."- Chief Justice Earl Warren in Brown v. Board of Education, 1954.65

Lasting Impact

This court case has affected students in schools all over the country. It still affects students today. Write a letter to your parents pretending to be a student in school at this time.


Brown vs. Board of Education

Segreagtion in School


1954 Newspaper

SS5H8: The student will describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950-1975.b. Explain the key events and people of the Civil Rights movement; include Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and civil rights activities ofThurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo of the Brown Family


"The legal battle against segregation is won, but the community battle goes on."-Dorothy Day


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