Brown vs Board of Education Case Essay

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The Brown vs Board of Education as a major turning point in African American. Brown vs Board of Education was arguably the most important cases that impacted the African Americans and the white society because it brought a whole new perspective on whether “separate but equal” was really equal. The Brown vs Board of Education was made up of five different cases regarding school segregation. “While the facts of each case are different, the main issue in each was the constitutionality of state-sponsored segregation in public schools ("HISTORY OF BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION") .” Plessy vs Ferguson was a case in which it stated a precedent. In 1892, an African American named Homer Plessy did not give up his seat to a white man("HISTORY OF …show more content…
The plaintiffs were thirteen Topeka parents on behalf of their twenty children (Anderson).” A eight year old girl by the name of Linda Brown was denied to go to a elementary school because she was a colored girl. The school that she wanted to go to was only five blocks away (Infoplease). The school board of Topeka instead assigned her to a school that was almost twenty-one blocks away. The Board of Topeka segregated their elementary schools based on the skin color of a person. When the parents of Linda Brown discovered that she was rejected from going to a school that was segregated, they filed a law suit (Infoplease). Linda Brown's parents hired Thurgood Marshall from the NAACP to defend their case (InfoPlease). The main argument Thurgood was debating was that segregation violated the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause .Thurgood argued that when segregating the blacks and whites, the blacks were not getting equal education compared to the whites (InfoPlease). Also, segregation lowered African American self-esteem. Moreover, it gave the African Americans a psychological effect. It made the Africans feel like that they were inferior to the whites and that the whites had more rights that the blacks. (Infoplease). On the other hand, the Board of Topeka was arguing that the segregated schools were

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