Civic: Brown v. Board of Education
Updated: 5/3/2019
Civic: Brown v. Board of Education

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  • I'm sorry but we don't accept any African American Students here.
  • That's not right, you shouldn't be treating us any different.
  • I agree with your idea.
  • Every student should have the right to go to any public school of their choice. 
  • We should take this to the court and need to figure out how to do this quick.
  • We need to come with a way to prevent this discrimination.
  • Background: Linda Brown, an average African American Teenager, applied for the admission to an all white-public school in Topeka, Kansas. The board of education of Topeka refused to admit her.
  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) now saw denying admission to Linda Brown and other young African Americans as an opportunity to challenge segregation in the public school.
  • You are welcome to go to any school of your choice now Linda Brown!
  • Due to these concerns proposed by the Brown family, the attorneys for Topeka argue that separate schools were equal according to the Plessy Standards. They also argued that “Discrimination by race does not harm children.”
  • Sorry about last time, but we are pleased to welcome you to our school.
  • Thank you for the offer sir.
  • On May 17, 1954, the Court issued a unanimous 9-0 decision in favor of the Brown family and the other plaintiffs. The decision consists of a single opinion written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, which all the justices joined.
  • We the Supreme Court agreed that African Americans can go to any public school of their choice.
  • The Court then concluded it’s relatively short opinion by declaring that segregated public education was inherently unequal, violated the Equal Protection Clause, and therefore was unconstitutional.
  • Thank you so much for everything.
  • The Board of Education of Topeka began to end segregation in the Topeka elementary schools in August 1953, integrating two attendance district. All the Topeka elementary schools were changed to neighborhood attendance centers in January 1956
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