Supreme Court’s Landmark Brown v. Board Decision Marks 70th Anniversary

Brown v. Board of Education centered on Linda Brown, a young Black student denied admission to her neighborhood elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, due to her race.

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Children in class together at a school in Philadelphia, PA, April 13, 1967. Seventy years after the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board, America is both more diverse — and more segregated. (AP Photo, File)
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Seventy years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

Brown v. Board of Education centered on Linda Brown, a young Black student denied admission to her neighborhood elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, due to her race. The ruling overturned the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which had permitted state-sponsored segregation in public education under the concept of “separate but equal.”

The decision is considered a significant milestone in the nation’s civil rights history, as it paved the way for the courts to end racial segregation in public facilities and accommodations.


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