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May 17 2021 - 12:00 PM
Today In History: Brown Versus Board Of Education Is Decided

School Integration

When a young African American girl by the name of Linda Brown was denied admission in 1951 to her local elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, her case would go to the Supreme Court as prime example of racial discrimination. Board versus Board of Education of Topeka was decided on May 17th, 1954, proving federal intolerance to racial segregation in an unanimous decision, with Thurgood Marshall leading the prosecution, backed by many, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 1896 Plessy versus Ferguson ruled that separate but equal accommodations in railroad cars was legal, but for Linda Brown, her local school was closer and far better than the Black alternative, miles away. The new ruling partially overturned past legislation of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Brown versus Board of Education landmark victory was a major stepping stone in the Civil Rights Movement, ultimately leading to the end of racial segregation in all public facilities. Though organizations in the United States would continue to seek protection and promotion of the right to a good basic education for all public school students, racial injustices would continue to affect the social, educational, and political landscape over decades to come -- to the present day.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

Special News Slide Bron v Board


  • Digital Archive: Brown v. Board of Education, Civil Rights Digital Library, University of Michigan, offering documents and images which chronicle events surrounding the Brown v. Board of Education United States Supreme Court case.


  • Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries


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