Brown V Board Of Education Essay

811 Words May 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Brown v Board of Education: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas was a landmark case of the United States’ Supreme Court. It was the combination of five “…cases from four states and the District of Columbia…that reached the Supreme Court in 1952” (Give Me Liberty! 953) that challenged the controversial “separate but equal” policy regarding segregated facilities that resulted from the Plessy v. Ferguson case in 1896. In this case, the plaintiffs targeted the outstanding differences between schools for white children and those for black, who often “…attended classes in buildings with no running water or indoor toilets and were not provided with busses to transport them to classes” (Give Me Liberty! 953). When the cases made their way to the Supreme Court, the first case alphabetically, which was Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (Brown v. BOE), gave the entire case its name. Specifically, Brown v. BOE resulted from the case brought up by a man named Oliver Brown, whose daughter “….was forced to walk across dangerous railroad tracks each morning rather than being allowed to attend a nearby school restricted to whites” (Give Me Liberty! 953). Thurgood Marshall, a leader from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), supported the plaintiffs in the federal case, arguing that segregation was damaging to black children. While the Eisenhower Administration did not explicitly support either side, it did ask the Supreme Court…

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