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The Brown vs Board of Education as a major turning point in African American. Brown vs Board of Education was arguably the most important cases that impacted the African Americans and the white society because it brought a whole new perspective on whether “separate but equal” was really equal. The Brown vs Board of Education was made up of five different cases regarding school segregation. “While the facts of each case are different, the main issue in each was the constitutionality of state-sponsored segregation in public schools ("HISTORY OF BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION") .”

Plessy vs Ferguson was a case in which it stated a precedent. In 1892, an African American named Homer Plessy did not give up his seat to a white man("HISTORY OF BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION"). He then got arrested and taken to jail. Plessy than went to the Supreme Court to argue that his Fourteenth Amendment was violated. However, the Supreme Court ruled against Plessy and set the precedent that “separate but equal” is really equal("HISTORY OF BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION") .

After the Plessy vs Ferguson verdict a lot of civil rights activists were outraged. A prominent African American group rose and fought against racial discrimination. The National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) fought against many different racial cases. For example, George McLaurin was accepted to a doctrine program at the University of Oklahoma("HISTORY OF BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION") . However, McLaurin was asked by the University that he had to sit apart from the class and eat at a separate time than the whites. McLaurin was confused about this and hired Thurgood Marshall from the NAACP to help him defend his rights. Thurgood Marshall fought for McLaurin...

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