Today In History | May 17, 1954

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Did you know prior to May 17th, 1954 it was legal and considered normal for black and white students to attend different schools? In 1954, the United States Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka declared state laws establishing it unconstitutional to have separate public schools for black and white students. This landmark Supreme Court case overturned the 1896 case of Plessy v. Ferguson which allowed the segregation of public schools. The Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka case was a unanimous (9–0) decision stating that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” This case was not only a major victory for the Civil Rights Movement but also a model for future lawsuits brought to court with the intention to effect societal change.

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