Access to Education in America: The Brown vs. Board of Education Decision

The Oliver Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas is one of the most well-known Supreme Court cases in this history of the United States. At the core of the case, which included suits against school boards in Topeka, Kansas and several other states, was the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson ruling in which the Supreme Court said racial segregation in separate but equal facilities met the 14th Amendment’s demand for equal protection under the law.

The decision in the Brown v. Board of Education case, announced on May 17, 1954, denounced the idea the doctrine of “separate but equal” and declared school segregation a violation of the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

This month, as we mark the 56th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Avoice is conducting research for a new exhibit on the involvement of CBC members in education policy. This exhibit is set to launch in the Fall of 2010 and will focus on the important role African-American congressional members have played in the advancement of education.

More information coming soon!

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