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  • The Plessy v. Ferguson sent the message that the U.S. government supported segregation. But the NAACP's legal side, decided to pursue the 'separate but equal' part in education.
  • The NAACP sued colleges that refused to admit Blacks that were equally qualified as some of the white students.
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  • These cases were taken to the supreme court and gave the NAACP confidence to pursue harder cases.
  • Their biggest case was Brown v. Board of Education. The NAACP argued that the White-Only schools were superior than Black Schools. They also said that children who weren't able to go to the white schools felt inferior.
  • Even after the supreme court ruled in favor of integration, some states still refused to integrate their public schools. Most prominently in Arkansas were the governor went as far as to close the schools to prevent integration.
  • Although there were many lost battles in the war to end segregation, the Brown v. Board of Education case expressed the fact that the government wanted all Americans to live the American dream, not just whites.
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