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
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It fell to the local federal districts to implement the desegregation plans with “all deliberate speed”. (Brown v. Board of Education Timeline”) Initially, the problem was that southern states did not look favorably on the idea of desegregating and integrating schools, and still had in place Jim Crow laws. This was the racial caste system that allowed African Americans to be treated as second class citizens. (“What was Jim Crow”) Instead of implementing most of the southern states resisted it. However, their resistance was futile as the legal and social hardships only motivated student protests that in turn sparked the Civil Rights Movement. (“NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Defend, Educate, Empower”) If schools could become desegregated and integrated, why not the rest of society? The Civil Rights Movement fought to eradicate all forms of racial segregation. Their method of fighting was civil disobedience, or peacefully refusing to follow unjust laws and accepting the punishment. Within this movement, demonstrators participated in freedom rides, boycotts, sit-ins, and marches to support their cause. The Civil Rights Movement was one of the events that led to several bouts of legislation that included Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. (“NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Defend, Educate, Empower” and “Civil Rights Act- Black History”) It is possible that the Civil Rights Movement would not have occurred without Brown v. Board of Education. This supreme court case caused many people to open their eyes to the discriminatory ways of segregation and how it could lead to feelings of inferiority. (“Brown v. Board of Education (1954).” PBS and “Brown v. Board of Education” Brown v. Board of

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