Essay about Brown vs. Board of Education

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BROWN VS. BOARD OF EDUCATION OF TOPEKA

The Brown vs. Board of Education ruling was a colossal influence on desegregation of schools and a landmark in the movement for equal opportunity between the blacks and whites that continues to this day. The Brown vs. Board of Education case was not the first of its kind. Ever since the early 1950s, there were five separate cases that were filed, dealing with the desegregation of schools. In all but one of these cases, the schools for whites were of better quality than the schools for the blacks. The African-Americans argued that this situation was unjust and unconstitutional1. Education has been long regarded as a valuable asset for all of America's adolescence. However, when this benefit is
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The setting is Topeka, Kansas, 1954. Third grader, Linda Brown, who was of African-American decent, was subjected to walk one mile, through a railroad switchyard to get to her ‘black’ elementary school. Her father attempted to get her into a white school, which was conveniently seven blocks away, but the principle of the school had rejected her enrollment. Mr. Brown went to the head of Topeka’s NAACP (the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and asked him for his help. The organization, under the direction of McKinley Burnett, had been waiting for an excellent chance to challenge the segregation issue. Finally, they had the perfect plaintiff to defend the case. Now that he had Brown and several other black parents in Topeka with children in blacks only schools, Burnett and the NAACP determined that it was time to take legal action3. Brown and the other black parents testified to the reality that their children were denied admittance to the surrounding white schools. The NAACP was devoted to help the Browns in their case against the school board. When the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas heard their case, the NAACP argued that segregated schools gave the message to the black children that they were not equal to the white children. The black schools

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