Brown vs. Board of Education and Segregation in Schools

A discussion of the famous U.S. Supreme Court Case “Brown vs. Board of Education” and its aftermath.

The paper discusses the problem of racial segregation in public schools in the 1950s. The paper describes the “Brown vs. Board of Education” case where the Supreme Court ruled that no state could segregate schools and the case of “Plessy v. Ferguson” could be overruled. The paper explains how the Court’s decision was based on Thomas Jefferson’s Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and how segregation dehumanized those that were segregated.
“Linda Brown was a little girl who had played with her white friends growing up. When they started school, the white children went to a school seven blocks away. Linda Brown had to walk to a school almost a mile away and through a railroad yard. Her parents were concerned and tried to enroll her in the white school. They were turned down because of racism. In the early 1950s, racial segregation in public schools was a serious problem. The NAACP had wanted to fight the issue about segregation in public schools and this was their chance to do so. Other parents joined Brown in their case against segregation of blacks students from the white students. The U.S. District Court heard Brown’s case on June 25-26, 1951. NAACP stated that segregation of black children gave the message that black children were inferior. They stated that the schools were unequal.”