may 17, 1954 - Brown v. Board of Education Decision 1954


The Brown v. Board of Education Decision 1954 court case was where racial segregation of children in public schools was deemed unconstitutional. It helped establish the "separate-but-equal" education and was one of the cornerstones of the civil rights movement.

In 1951, Oliver Brown filed a suit against the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. In this lawsuit, it was claimed that the schools for black children were not equal to those of white children, which violated the 14th Amendment.

When this case and others were brought before the Supreme Court in 1952, the court combined them into a case called the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

On the 17th of May, 1954, Earl Warren, the governor of California, stated that “in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place.”

Although the Brown v. Board didn't achieve school desegregation on its own, it helped fuel the civil rights movement. By overturning the "separate but equal" doctrine, the Brown v. Board of Education would be used to overturn laws enforcing segregation in other public facilities.

Today, the racial inequality debates still continue over the inequalities in the nation's school system, largely being based on where people live and what resources they are being given compared to other schools in the country.

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