Brown vs. The Board of Education Essay

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Brown vs. The Board of Education Education has long been regarded as a valuable asset for all of America's youth. Yet, when this benefit is denied to a specific group, measures must be taken to protect its educational right. In the 1950's, a courageous group of activists launched a legal attack on segregation in schools. At the head of this attack was NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall; his legal strategies would contribute greatly to the dissolution of educational segregation. According to U.S. Court Cases the segregaition among whites and blacks was a legal law established for almost sixty years in the United States. However, Brown vs. The Board of Education was the turning point in race relations. Still, most of the…show more content…
Although he was partly white, Louisiana law still concidered this man a Negro. As a result, Homer Plessy was arrested by a detective and taken to the Criminal District Court of New Orleans. There, Judge John Ferfuson issued the penalty required by law. Still, Plessy appealed and took his case to the Supreme Court of Louisiana; and then to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he refered to the Fourteenth Amendment. (22) Finally, on May 6, 1896, the Supreme Court delivered it's verdict. With a vote of seven to one, the Court maintained Plessy's conviction. Henry Billings, Associate Justice stated that meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment was "undoubtedly to enforce the absolute equality of the two races before the law... but could not have been inteded to ablolish distinctions based on color." (22) He continued by stating that the segregation of the two races did not mean to imply that either race was inferior to the other in any way. Brown then stated that all laws should be followed and upheld "for the promotion for the public good, and not for the annoyance... or a particular class." However, he added that a law demanding the division of races on public railways is no "more abnoxious to the Fourteenth Amendment

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