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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 History of Brown v. Board of Education The Decision

Thurgood Marshall celebrates on the steps of the Supreme Court Supreme Court of the United States
Brown vs. Board of Education


From the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education
“In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity... is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms...

Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other "tangible" factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities? We believe that it does...

We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. ”

Click here to download the full Supreme Court text of Brown vs. Board of Education (pdf)



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