The Supreme Court Case Of Brown V. Board Of Education

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It’s scary to think that only 61 years ago, American schools were still racially segregated, and African American children were kept away from white children. Earlier in 1896, a Supreme Court case called Plessy v. Ferguson made segregation legal as long as the facilities were equal (McBride). In the middle of the twentieth century, many people were working together to challenge these segregation laws. A man named Oliver Brown was one of the many people who challenged segregation laws when he brought the Topeka, Kansas school board to court. Brown v. Board of Education took place in 1954, and surprisingly, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Brown. This Supreme Court case was the best decision made in the twentieth century, and no other case …show more content…
There is no telling what the United States would be like today if this case wouldn’t have happened. A later case may have gotten rid of segregation, but no one can be sure. Brown v. Board of Education was an extremely important case that was a step in the right direction for the U.S. The impact this decision had on the lives of African Americans, Caucasians, and practically everyone in the U.S. was amazing. Even though many other Supreme Court cases took place in the twentieth century, none of them were as important as this one. If Chief Justice Earl Warren would have ruled in favor of the Board of Education, everything in America would be different today. Segregation might have never been abolished, and racism might have stayed very obvious up until today. This case dealt with segregation of schools, which affected almost every person in America in some way or another. Because of this, it’s unlikely that any other decision in the twentieth century affected so many people, so drastically. Education determines how someone’s life will be like, so this decision affected many young children for the rest of their lives. No other Court case completely changed the U.S. like this or affected so many people, and this is why Brown v. Board of Education is the most important Supreme Court case in the twentieth …show more content…
Board of Education was the Supreme Court case that overturned Plessy v. Ferguson. Oliver Brown and many other civil rights groups worked together to challenge racial segregation in schools, and ultimately succeeded. Brown took the Board of Education of Topeka to court, but the Federal district court ruled that segregation was constitutional. When five different cases about racial segregation in schools reached the Supreme Court, they were all merged into one case called Brown v. Board of Education. After hearing arguments that racial segregation violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, Chief Justice Earl Warren ruled in favor of Brown in 1954. Schools were no longer allowed to be racially segregated, because black and white children needed good education to be successful in life. “The long-held doctrine that separate facilities were permissible provided they were equal was rejected” ("Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka."). Because this decision affected such a large amount of people in such a life-altering way, this Supreme Court case was the best and most important one in the twentieth

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