Brown V Board Of Education Essay

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Paving the Way to Civil Rights Brown v. Board of Education was historically significant Supreme Court decision that set to motion many more people to speak up against racial inequality. These incidents combined led the way to the Civil Rights Movement. Linda Brown was a black elementary school child who was denied access to attending a school in a predominately white neighborhood. She had to walk across railroad tracks and ride a bus to a school designated only for black children, yet there was a public school for white children only four blocks away from her home. “In 1950, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asked a group of African-American parents that included Oliver Brown to attempt to enroll their children in all-white schools, with the expectation that they would be turned away.” (The website) This was done in order to file a lawsuit on behalf of 13 families. Because Linda Brown’s last name fell first on the list of families, due to its placement in the alphabet, the…show more content…
Ferguson. Plessy v. Ferguson divided races by using separate but equal facilities. This often meant black people had different schools, different drinking fountains, and different facilities than white people. Plessy v. Ferguson made black people feel inferior. Oliver Brown joined with other plaintiffs to go to the Supreme Court with the goal of taking down the seemingly antiquated decision that had been the law since 1896. Serving as chief attorney for the plaintiffs was Thurgood Marshall, who at the time was head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Later in 1954, the goal of the 13 families was achieved when finally, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against segregation. “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. . ." (U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl
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