Brown vs Board of Ed Essay examples

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In 1951, a class action suit was filed against the Board of Education of the City of Topeka, Kansas in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. The plaintiffs were thirteen Topeka parents on behalf of their twenty children. The suit called for the school district to reverse its policy of racial segregation. Separate elementary schools were operated by the Topeka Board of Education under 1879 Kansas law which permitted (but did not require) districts to maintain separate elementary school facilities for black and white students in twelve communities with populations over 15,000. The Board of Education of Topeka began to end segregation in the Topeka elementary schools in August of 1953, integrating two attendance districts. All …show more content…
Theses authors show that the school system is improving and only minor changes need to be made. The language used in the black print articles and the mainstream articles is similar, but from a black author's perspective, integration is still a major issue that needs to be worked on.
Mainstream media is everywhere; newspapers, magazines, TV, things we see on an everyday basis. The language and the perception of the events going on in the world have a great influence on the way that the general public sees the event. The authors that have written about Brown vs. Board of Education throughout the years of 1954-1984 have shown that segregation is still going on, but not to the extent that it is a huge problem. In one article from SUNRISE written by Susan B. Garland in 1984 she writes "Though the United States has made considerable progress in integrating its public schools, segregation is still widespread in states with the largest number of black children"(Garland, 1). Here it is noted that there is still segregation going on but later on Garland adds, "Many communities across the country have undergone successful and peaceful integration since the landmark May 17, 1954, decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. And evidence mounts that black and white children benefit by attending school together"(Garland, 1). So, Garland's concern with the slight segregation that is still going on is not too high, and she points out that most schools are doing well since

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