Brown vs Board Timeline

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Brown vs Board Timeline

Basic SummaryOn May 17, 1954, the Court unanimously ruled that "separate but equal" public schools for blacks and whites were unconstitutional. The Brown case served as a catalyst for the modern civil rights movement, inspiring education reform everywhere and forming the legal means of challenging segregation in all areas of society (Leaders conference 1).

Brown vs. Board Timeline

1951On February 28, Brown v. Board of Education was filed in Federal district court, in Kansas.

1952June 1962, The Supreme Court announced that it would hear oral arguments in Briggs and Brown during the upcoming October 1952 term.Only to be postponed and unheard.

1952December; First round of arguments held in Brown and its companion cases. Basically, the first time Brown was allowed to have a case.

1953December; Second round of arguments in Brown v. Board of Education.

Civil Rights Movementmass popular movement to secure for African Americans equal access to and opportunities for the basic privileges and rights of U.S. citizenship. Although the roots of the movement go back to the 19th century, it peaked in the 1950s and 1960s.

"Segregation is that which is forced upon an inferior by a superior. Separation is done voluntarily by two equals."-Malcolm X


1954 May; The Court overturned and declared that racial segregation in public schools violated the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment.


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