Brown V Board Of Education Essay

852 Words Nov 11th, 2016 4 Pages
1950s America was a very difficult time for African American communities. Segregation was at its peak, and the country as a whole was experiencing growing pains while trying to make acceptance of African Americans a common way of life. During this time many court cases had been filed in attempts to help move this progression further along. One of the court cases involved is known as Brown V Board of Education. Brown V Board of Education involved an African American man by the name of Oliver Brown. Mr. Brown, with help from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), had filed a law suit against the Board of Education of Topeka, because they had turned his daughter away when applying for a summer school program. The school had expected Linda, Brown 's daughter, to attend the all-black Monroe school. The legal team behind Brown included, Thurgood Marshall, a member of the NAACP. Coincidently Marshall had later become a Justice of the Supreme Court himself. Marshall stated that by turning Mr. Brown 's daughter away was an unconstitutional action and the effects upon Linda had taken away her right to an equal education as well as negatively damaged her mental state.

According to the plaintiff the 14th amendment protection clause represented the equal protection of all laws for all Americans. Marshall used this as his standing point for Brown. The right that was being taken in this case was the right to an equal opportunity of education, even for an…

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