Thursday, May 17, 2012

Anniversary of Brown v. Board


58 years ago today the US Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. which overturned provisions of the infamous 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which had allowed for "separate but equal" public facilities, including public schools in the United States. Declaring that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal," the Brown v. Board decision helped break the back of state-sponsored segregation, and provided a spark to the American civil rights movement.

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