Before We Were Considered Equal

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Before We Were Considered Equal Imagine a child not being able to attend a school of his or her choice because he or she does not have the right skin complexion. In the 1950s, African Americans faced harsh discrimination and segregation. Many people grew tired of discrimination and wanted change. People saw segregation as unconstitutional and wanted a better life. They sought equal civil rights as whites, not only for themselves but also future generations. The Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case gave African Americans a voice and with this voice they gained the rights they wanted and deserved; with help from plaintiff Oliver Brown, attorney Thurgood Marshall, and the Fourteenth Amendment, the Brown v. Board of Education law was passed. Although the process of this case was long and drawn out it was all worth the time and effort. Oliver Brown, the father of a twelve year old girl by the name of Linda Brown, felt infuriated at the fact that the school board denied his daughter attendance at a school in Topeka, Kansas just blocks away from their home, by the name of Monroe Elementary School. Linda had no choice but to walk a mile to school every day, obligated to pass through hazardous neighborhoods, as well as harsh weather conditions. The Brown family, along with other families, became outraged with these segregation laws. According to the UXL Encyclopedia of US History, reporters reveal that families argued about segregation in schools, saying it violated their children’s constitutional rights and values (Benson, Brannen, and Valentine 195). Brown took this case before the court; it took four long years before the case even reached the Supreme Court. Brown was then introduced to attorney Thurgood Marshall, who helped... ... middle of paper ... ...of US History, the authors divulge that many people including, African Americans did not favor the idea of desegregated schools, some felt that it would cause tension between not only students but also adults (Benson, Brannen, and Valentine 197). According to World Book Advanced, the author says because of this, Brown v. Board of Education II was enforced by congress, stating that desegregation was to be put in schools with deliberate speed (Garrow n.p.). In World Book Advanced, Tushnet states due to the success of the trial, after noticing how Marshall handled the case, President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the United States Court of Appeals (Tushnet n.p.). By passing this law, it gave African Americans the encouragement they longed for. It also allowed African American to start standing up for more equal rights, not only in schools but society as well.
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