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Brown v. Board of Education

Landmark case in education

Meghan Thompson

on 5 February 2014

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Transcript of Brown v. Board of Education

Brown v. Board of Education
Segregation Today
Little Rock Nine
Federal enforcement of Brown v. Board of Education
Population Statistics
Racial Demographics of Public
Classrooms Today in AR (252 Districts)
1955 Brown II
The Case
Brown v. Board of Education
Early 1950s in Topeka, Kansas
The Plessy Decision 1896
The Issue
Precedent for Jim Crow laws and racial discrimination to be upheld
NAACP founded in 1909
Thrugood Marshall gained momentum in cases leading to Brown v. Board of Education
Segregation in Public Schools
Linda Brown
Supreme Court inconclusive
Chief Justice Warren appointed
Case reheard in new session
Unanimous Decision
Supreme Court consolidated 5 separate cases
At time, 2/3 African American students lived in segregated South
Monroe Elementary
Supreme Court did not give immediate direction
Psychological studies showed low racial self-esteem in young black girls
Inferiority complexes created impact ability to learn
Even if facilities equal, segregation in schools "inherently unequal" and unconstitutional
"We conclude that in the field of public education
the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. . ."
Desegregation to proceed "with all deliberate speed"
192 districts >75% White
16 districts >50% African American
165 districts <10% African American
21 districts <10% Hispanic
All districts >25% White
Teaching Tolerance
Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise
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