Sixty-four years ago on May 17, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that state laws requiring segregated public schools for black and white students were unconstitutional.
The family of Linda Carol Brown, pictured above at age 21, was one of a number of families involved in the case who all strove for equal educational opportunities for their children.
This case was an important milestone in the Civil Rights Movement and a major step toward desegregating schools. However, today many schools remain segregated in practice, though not in principal.
The lawyer who argued the case was Thurgood Marshall, who later served as the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court.
History: 10 Things You Should Know about Brown v. Board of Education
National Archives: Documents Related to Brown v. Board of Education
Defining Moments: Brown v. Board of Education (call # KF4155.T45 2005)
Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy (call # KF4155.P38 2001). Also available as an eBook.
Black/White & Brown: Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka (2004, 57 min.)
Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP (2014, 56 min.)
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