Brown vs. Board of Education

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Kirisitina Maui’a HIS 303 Brown vs. Board of Education Mr. Mohammad Khatibloo November 1, 2010 Brown v. Board of Education “To separate them from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone” by Chief Justice Earl Warren, Majority Opinion. Imagine you are a seven year old and have to walk one mile to a bus stop by walking through a railroad switching station and then waiting for a school bus to go to a "black elementary school" or a school where only African American children went. This is what happened to Linda Brown, an African American third grader from Topeka,…show more content…
Despite the judgment from the court of Kansas, it would not hinder the NAACP’s movement with these cases. Brown and the NAACP appealed to the Supreme Court on October 1, 1951, and the other four cases that were being tried in lower courts at the same time would also be brought before the Supreme Court in October. The other cases challenging school segregation took place in Washington D.C., South Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware. All five cases that were going to be tried before the Supreme Court became known as the Oliver L. Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. The Supreme Court first heard the case on December 9, 1952, but failed to reach a decision which led to a new court date on December 7-8, 1953, when the court asked both sides to discuss “the circumstances surrounding the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868” (Brown). The section that was being debated over in the Fourteenth Amendment was the first section. It read: “no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the Unites States nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (Dudley 21.) So both sides argued over why and why it was not a violation of the children’s Fourteenth Amendment rights, yet things were still not any clearer for those making the final

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