may 17, 1954 - Brown vs Board of education - The supreme court ruled the Brown case as unconstitutional because it violated the 4th amendment.
The decision overturned the Plessy vs Ferguson case ruling that sanctioned "separate but equal"
segregation of races, ruling that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal".
It was a victory for NAACP attorney, Thurgood Marshall, America's first African-American Justice.
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