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Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise Image Strip of Linda Brown walking to school, girl taking test at desk, Nettie Hunt and daughter with newspaper headline on steps of Supreme Court, present day children raising hands, children at computers
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The following are lesson plans for Middle School students that study the history of Brown and relate the case to contemporary issues in education.
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The Fight to End "Separate but Equal" in American Schools
Background: From the time the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, it was challenged. The Plessy v. Ferguson decision introduced the "separate but equal" standard that legalized segregation until the Brown decision in 1954. Between 1896 and 1954, a number of key cases challenged the Plessy v. Ferguson unsuccessfully. We will examine the factors that contributed to the success of the Brown v. Board of Education case in ending legal segregation and doing away with "separate but equal" facilities for African Americans.
Subject Areas: Social Studies, U.S. History, Language Arts

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One Person CAN Make a Difference
Background: When the African American students at Moton High School in Virginia took a stand and organized a peaceful protest to call attention to the poor conditions at their school and the inequities between schools for African Americans and Whites, they became a part of the group of cases that is now known as Brown v. Board of Education. The protest and subsequent lawsuit, organized solely by high school students in conjunction with help from the NAACP, illustrates how the actions of one person can make a difference. It also give students an example of how young people worked together to make a major change in the American educational system by being actively involved in the political and social issues that were affecting them.
Subject Areas: Social Studies, Language Arts, Debate

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