Brown V. Board Of Education Essay

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Throughout history people have looked down on others because of their appearance or their race. In America up until the 1950 's the problem of prejudice was manifested through segregation. The Supreme Court ruling of Brown v. Board of Education impacted society by officially desegregating public education, making racism illegal, and setting a precedent of equality within the legal system.

Brown v. Board of Education is told to be one of the greatest Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century (Mcbride 1). The case was named after Rev. Oliver Brown pastor of St. Mark AME Church in Topeka, Kansas and he was also lead plaintiff of this case(Curry 7). Topeka 's local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was very concerned over the policy of the separate but equal school systems in Topeka (Aaseng 39). The NAACP asked 13 African American parents to try and enroll their children into the white school closest to their home and the children were denied because they were black (39). Oliver Brown 's daughter, Linda Brown, was one of the 20 black children not allowed to enroll into Topeka 's all white public schools (Aaseng 40).

Racial segregation in public schools violated the 14th Amendment which states "no state shall make or enforce any law which shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law." (McBride 2) There was also a law in Kansas that states that any city with the population of greater then 15,000…

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