Brown vs. Board of Education
Linda Brown an African American girl who had to ride a bus across town to attend an African American school.
Linda Brown’s father and several parents from her school filed suit against the Board of Education of the City of Topeka, He argued that separate schools were unconstitutional because they violated equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.
The district court ruled in favor of the Board of Education citing the “separate but equal” precedent established by the 1896 Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson.
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