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Brown vs. Board of Education

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by Natalie Danielson on 26 March 2013

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Presentation By: Natalie Danielson Brown vs. Board of Education Brown vs. Board of Education & Plessy vs. Ferguson Overview People Involved With the Case The Impact It Still Has Today Before the case of Brown vs. Board of Education, all schools were segregated. There were schools for only white children and schools that were only for African American children. During this time it was not seen as unconstitutional, but it later was proven to be unconstitutional. May 17, 1954 On May 17, 1954, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren gave the ruling for the civil rights case "Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas." The ruling stated that state-sanctioned segregation was a violation of the 14th Amendment and was unconstitutional. The case of Brown vs. Board of Education was compared a lot to the case of Plessy vs. Ferguson that occurred in the late 1800's, mainly because that case had a lot to do with segregation. Plessy was arrested and later found guilty for sitting in an all-white railroad car. After refusing to sit in the "black" railway carriage, he was arrested, with his charge being a violation of the 1890 Louisiana statute that provided for segregated railroad accommodations. Under that statute those who used the facilities that were not designated for their race were held liable. The case of Brown vs. Board of Education was one of the most historical cases, especially for education. This case took on segregation within school systems, mainly public schools. Until this case, almost every state in the U.S. had laws that stated that African-American children were not allowed to go to school with white children. The decision that these laws were unconstitutional, and allowed schools to segregate, were handed down on May 17, 1954. This overturned the ruling of the Plessy vs. Ferguson case from 1896.

Charles I. Black, Jr. Harold Boulware
Robert L. Carter
Elwood H. Chisholm
William T. Coleman, Jr.
Charles T. Duncan
Jack Greenberg
George E. C. Hayes
Oliver W. Hill
Thurgood Marshall
Loreen Miller "Brown v. Board of Education (1954)." Our Documents -. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2013 Before Brown vs. Board of Education Segregation - To separate or set apart from others or from the main body or group.
Unconstitutional - Unauthorized or inconsistent with the constitution. "Plessy v. Ferguson – Case Brief Summary." Lawnix Free Case Briefs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2013. Fifty years after the case of Brown vs. Board of Education the effort to desegregate schools across the U.S. and give equality to African Americans is still far from being over. Some schools today are still segregated like they were before the Brown case. Only two lawyers who fought on this case are still alive today, both are still involved with civil rights groups and works. They both become argumentative when asked about current racial differences. "The schools we have today with black kids were the kind of schools we had before Brown," says Carter, one of the lawyers who worked on the Brown case. Dell, Kristina. "What "Brown" Means Today." Time.com. Time U.S., 17 May 2004. Web. 25 Mar. 2013. <http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,639014,00.html>. Meador, Derrick. "Brown v Board of Education Summary." About.com Teaching. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2013. <http://teaching.about.com/od/law/p/Brown-V-Board.htm>. William R. Ming, Jr. Constance Baker Motley James M. Nabrit, Jr. David E. Pinsky Louis L. Redding Frank D. Reeves Spottswood W. Robinson III Charles S. Scott John Scott Jack B. Weinstein NAACP Legal Counsel for Brown vs. Board of Education:
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