The Brown Vs. The Board Of Education Essay

1636 Words Dec 14th, 2015 7 Pages
9 to 0 The Brown vs. the Board of Education case challenged the racial segregation in public schools in Topeka, Kansas. After the Plessy vs. Ferguson case, the “separate-but-equal” doctrine accredited to racially segregated schools. Linda Brown, an African American third grader, had to walk a mile to her school when a white school was only blocks away. There were eighteen white schools to four black schools in her neighborhood. Topeka NAACP leader, McKinley Burnett, gathered plaintiffs for the class action suit, including the Browns. When claims were made to the federal district court stating that the schools were not created equal through racial segregation, the judge ruled that the schools were equal enough to qualify under the Plessy doctrine. They went on to file an appeal to the US Supreme Court in which they ruled that the “separate-but-equal” doctrine in public school was considered unconstitutional. They stated, “Segregation of white and colored children in public schools has a detrimental effect upon the colored children. The impact is greater when it has the sanction of the law, for the policy of separating the races is usually interpreted as denoting the inferiority of the Negro group. A sense of inferiority affects the motivation of a child to learn,” thus requiring racial integration in public schools.

Little Rock Nine After the Brown vs. Board of Education case, many schools still refused to integrate themselves. One in particular was Central High School…

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