Brown V. Board Of Education Essay

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Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
In 1896, Plessy v. Ferguson introduced the Separate-but-Equal doctrine. This doctrine established that African Americans could constitutionally be kept in separate facilities as long as they were equal. The Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education determined that racially separated schools were fundamentally unequal. Therefore, the Brown decision was significant to civil rights because it gave a legal rationale to challenge all forms of segregation, led to equal educational opportunities for those with disabilities, and influenced the way the Supreme Court interpreted the constitution.
Without the legal backing of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, it is doubtful that the Brown decision would have been reached. The NAACP was founded in 1909 and it strived to stop lynching and take down racial and social injustices, namely segregation. (“Brown v. Board of Education Timeline” and “Documents Related to Brown v. Board of Education”) In 1950, Oliver Brown was just one of the many parents asked to enroll their children in all-white schools. His daughter, Linda Brown was just one instance where African American children were denied entry to a school, in her case Sumner Elementary, on the basis of their race. (“Linda Brown Biography”) The NAACP built the Brown v. Board of Education case, not solely on Oliver Brown and his daughter from Topeka, Kansas, but on multiple instances where race was the deciding…

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