The Brown V. Board Of Education

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Barbara Johns, the Sixteen Year-old Girl Whose Voice was Heard
Sixty-two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled the “separate but equal” doctrine unconstitutional. The decision from the Plessy v. Ferguson case was lawfully denounced by the Brown v. Board of Education. The Brown case, which was initiated by the members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), served as a stimulus for challenging segregation in all areas of society, especially in public educational institutions. Among the support for the desegregation in school systems, there was a young yet compelling voice who was heard by numerous ears in the rural city in Farmville, Alabama. The virtuous and determined Barbara Johns, who was only a high school student then led her tiny, hovel-like school’s student body and the Farmville community to file a lawsuit in the hope of terminating the inequality in regards to the educational system. Barbara Johns grew up in a rural city of Alabama where home did not feel like home. Often surrounded by her influential, hot-headed uncle who was a civil rights activist, she was always compared to her uncle’s antagonism and outspokenness. Aside from her admirable uncle, Johns carried the passion of political speaking from her grandmother, Mary Croner. According to her grandmother, Johns is the reality of her grandmother’s fantasy. She first demonstrated the talent of giving speeches upon her initial approach to inequality. Johns attended Moton High…

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