The Brown Case

The Brown Case (couldn’t get the video embedded, please click link)

In 1954, the Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education finally ended school segregation across America. “The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and its legal offspring, the Legal Defense and Educational Fund, developed a systematic attack against the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’. The attack culminated in five separate cases gathered together.” Aware of the importance of the issue and concerned with the possible political and social effects, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case argued on three separate occasions in multiple years. The Court assessed carefully considerations involving devotion to legal precedent, social-science findings on the negative effects of segregation, and the marked subordination of the schools that African Americans were forced to attend. The Supreme Court announced its agreed decision on May 17, 1954. It held that school segregation violated the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The following year the Court ordered desegregation “with all deliberate speed.”

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