Brown vs Board of Education

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The Brown vs Board of Education as a major turning point in African American. Brown vs Board of Education was arguably the most important cases that impacted the African Americans and the white society because it brought a whole new perspective on whether “separate but equal” was really equal. The Brown vs Board of Education was made up of five different cases regarding school segregation. “While the facts of each case are different, the main issue in each was the constitutionality of state-sponsored segregation in public schools ("HISTORY OF BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION") .” Plessy vs Ferguson was a case in which it stated a precedent. In 1892 an African American named Homer Plessy did not give up his seat to a white man("HISTORY OF…show more content…
The school that she wanted to go to was only five blocks away (Infoplease). The school board of Topeka instead assigned her to a school that was almost twenty-one blocks away. The Board of Topeka segregated their elementary schools based on the skin color of a person. When the parents of Linda Brown discovered that she was rejected from going to a school that was segregated, they filed a law suit to the Supreme Court (Infoplease). Linda Brown's parents hired Thurgood Marshall from the NAACP to defend their case (InfoPlease). The main argument Thurgood was debating was that segregation violated the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause .Thurgood argued that when segregating the blacks and whites, the blacks were not getting equal education compared to the whites (InfoPlease). Also, segregation lowered African American self-esteem. Finally, the Brown Family lawyers argued that segregation by law made the African Americans feel inferior to the whites (Infoplease). On the other hand, the Board of Topeka was arguing that the segregated schools were equal in every way and that it went in line with the Plessy standard (InfoPlease). They also argued that some of the programs of the African American school were better than the ones in the only white schools. Furthermore, the Board argued that discrimination did not harm any of the children

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