The Civil Rights Movement : Ruby Bridges And The Little Rock Nine

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Prior to the 1950s, children of color were kept separate from their Caucasian peers in the American Public schools. Everything from the water fountains to the classrooms were kept apart from the other. Attempts to desegregate the school system began after the civil rights movement as a whole took their fight to the courts. Cases such as Brown v. The Board of Education and Cooper v. Anderson fought to dismantle the laws in place. The fight was long and tedious, but even when the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregation be ceased, the system and opinions of many kept the patterns going. The belief that all people, regardless of skin color, should have the right to a decent education under a democracy is what drove the fight for equality in the school system. The civil rights movement, United States Supreme Court rulings, Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine played massive roles in the journey towards equality in education. Segregation in public schools began when slavery ended and African Americans in the south were no longer banned from learning to read or write. In the north, African Americans were legally permitted to attend the segregated schools but often were “discouraged by racism and customs” (Baer). Instead, many northern African American families found alternative sources for education. The designated schools and classrooms for black children were horribly funded and the quality gap between the white and black schools and assigned facilities was a large
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