Brown V Board Of Education Case Study

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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1951-1954), which was originally named after Oliver Brown, was a United States Supreme Court case that overturned Plessy v. Ferguson decision and ended tolerance of racial segregation. The Plessy v. Fergusion decision upheld the constitutionality of segregation under the “separate but equal” doctrine. *****
The Brown v. Board of Education case took on segregation within school systems. Brown v. Board of Education was the name given to five separate court cases that concerned the issue of segregation in public schools. All cases were appealed to the United States Supreme Court, but were not successful. The five cases were Belton v. Gebhart/ Bulah v. Gebhart (Delaware), Bolling v. Sharpe (District of Columbia), Brown v. Board of Education (Kansas), Briggs v. Elliott (South Carolina), and Davis v. County School Board (Virginia). Each of the cases mentioned were brought about because of racial segregation seen in public schools throughout the United States of America.
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Gebhart and Bulah v. Gebhart (Delaware) were two separate cases with similar issues. In the Belton v. Gebhart case, Ethel Belton and six other African American parents in the community filed a case due to their children having to be transported nine miles to attend Howard High School located in Wilmington. The problem with this was that they were refused admission at Clayton High School, which was closer to their residence due to the school being a public school for only whites. In the Bulah v. Gebhart case, Sarah Bulah filed a case after she made numerous attempts to convince the Delaware Department of Public Instruction to provide bus transportation for black children in the community but was refused. The bus for white children passed her home every day and would not pick up her daughter because she was African American. One special aspect of this case was that it was represented by Louis Redding, who was the state’s first black
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