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Law Sources for Students and Educators: Brown v. Board of Education

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The Brown v. Board of Education Decision and its Impact

The Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education, decided on May 17, 1954, changed the landscape of American education. In Brown v. Board, the Supreme Court ended segregation of schools according to race and expressly overturned the case of Plessy v. Ferguson by holding that separate educational facilities were "inherently unequal."

While the decision was a major victory for civil rights activists, it did not end the segregation of American schools immediately. It would take years and a series of other Supreme Court decisions before America's schools would be fully integrated.

If you would like to learn more about the Brown v. Board of Education decision and its impact, you can use the links listed in the box to the right to find more information.


Information about the Brown v. Board of Education Case