Biden Honors Brown v. Board Legacy

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Cheryl Brown Henderson, center, daughter of Brown v. Board of Education named plaintiff Oliver Brown, speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2024, after meeting with President Joe Biden to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision. Henderson is joined by, from left, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Brown v. Board of Education plaintiff and veteran John Stokes, unidentified, and Nathaniel Briggs, son of Brown v. Board of Education named plaintiff Harry Briggs Jr. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Friday, May 17, marks the 70th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, when nine justices unanimously struck down “separate but equal” and ruled that schools segregated by race did not provide an equal education. 

Fifth graders of the West Greene Elementary School in Snow Hill, N.C., study history in an integrated classroom with teacher Charlaron May, March 5, 1969. The school is the first in the eastern Carolina community to be fully integrated. Friday, May 17, 2024, marks 70 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that separating children in schools by race was unconstitutional. On paper, Brown v. Board of Education still stands. In reality, school integration is all but gone, the victim of a gradual series of court cases that slowly eroded it, leaving little behind. (AP Photo/Perry Aycock, File)

In recognition, President Biden is engaging in several activities to honor this pivotal moment in history. Today, he meets with plaintiffs and their families at the White House. Tomorrow he’ll speak at the NAACP’s anniversary event at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. On Sunday, he’ll address graduates at Morehouse College. 

Mothers carrying protest signs accompany their children to Graymont Elementary School in Birmingham, Ala., which was opened on an integrated basis, Sept. 4, 1963. Friday, May 17, 2024, marks 70 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that separating children in schools by race was unconstitutional. On paper, Brown v. Board of Education still stands. In reality, school integration is all but gone, the victim of a gradual series of court cases that slowly eroded it, leaving little behind. (AP Photo, File)

Under Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Black household wealth has increased by 60 percent, over 2.5 million jobs have been created for Black Americans, and significant strides have been made in education, housing, and health care. Notably, Biden nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman, to the Supreme Court. The administration says they are continually pushing for vital voting rights legislation to protect democracy for all Americans.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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