Civics lesson 10
Updated: 7/8/2020
Civics lesson 10
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  • The daughter of a local African American man, Oliver Brown, was neglected the opportunity to enroll in the nearest elementary school. She was forced to attend another school due to the district's segregation policy.
  • Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, 1954
  • We refuse to enroll your daughter into our school district.
  • The Browns, along with twelve other black families, filed a class action lawsuit in the US federal court against the Topeka Board of Education.
  • We're going to fix this Cheryl.
  • This segregation policy is unconstitutional. We are going to file a lawsuit!
  • The US District Court relied on the Supreme Court's decision of Plessy v. Ferguson to render a verdict against the Browns.
  • I, McKinley Burnett, call for the school district to reverse its policy of racial segregation.
  • Racial segregation is not in itself a violation of the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.
  • The case was then appealed to the Supreme Court where Chief Justice, Earl Warren overruled the US District Court's decision. This helped pave the way for many Civil Rights Movements.
  • Hoorah!
  • The district has proven to be in violation of the Equal Protection Clause, and is therefore unconstitutional.
  • Yay!
  • However, in the Deep South, many people and governmental leaders resisted and embraced the plan known as "Massive Resistance."
  • You don't belong here!
  • Ew what are they doing here?
  • Nevertheless, four years after the Brown's case, the Court reaffirmed its ruling in the case of Cooper v. Aaron.
  • Under no circumstances can any state official nor legislator nullify our ruling regarding the segregation of schools.
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