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Return to ACA Return to Portfolio TOC (link will only work if in “view show” mode. Brown vs. The Board of Education. Dave Baniszewski Mike Bryant Helen Reyes David Rutledge EDUC 845 Liberty University. The escalation of segregation in the South began immediately after the Civil War. .

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Brown vs.The Board of Education

Dave Baniszewski

Mike Bryant

Helen Reyes

David Rutledge

EDUC 845

Liberty University


The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, along with the two Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 and the various Enforcements Acts of the early 1870s, curtailed the ability of southern whites to formally deprive blacks of their civil rights.


Rutherford B. Hayes

The decade of the 1880s was characterized by mob lynching‘s and a vicious system of convict prison farms and chain gains


In 1890 Louisiana passes the infamous Jim Crow law mandating separate but equal accommodations for blacks and whites


By 1910, every state of the former Confederacy had adopted laws that segregated all aspects of life wherein blacks and whites might socially mingle or come into contact.


Impoverished and often illiterate southern blacks were in a weak position in the 1890s for confronting the racist culture of Jim Crow.


W.E.B. Du Bois

By 1905, the issue of how to most effectively deal with Jim Crow came to a head in the debate between the followers of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois.

In the 1930s, the NAACP, began to focus more of its attention on a campaign to challenge segregation


After the Civil War, the southern states scrambled to recover and keep the public school system alive. Ultimately this effort created a dual educational system based on race.

Schools were anything but equal


Case Name: Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896)Plaintiffs: Homer Plessy

Defendants: John H. Ferguson, judge of the criminal District Court for the parish of Orleans

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Year : Argued: April 13, 1896 Decided: May 18, 1896

Case Name: State of Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada, 305 U.S. 337 (1938)

Plaintiffs: Lloyd Gaines


Location: Missouri

Year: Argued: November 9, 1938 Decided: December 12, 1938

Case Name: Cumming v. Board of Education of Richmond County, 175 U.S. 528 (1899)

Plaintiffs: Cumming, Harper and Ladeveze

Defendants: The Board of Education of Richmond County and Charles S. Bohler, tax collector.

Location: Richmond County Georgia

Year: Argued: October 30, 1899 Decided: December 18, 1899

Case Name: Gong Lum v. Rice, 275 U.S. 78 (1927)

Plaintiffs: Gong Lum and Martha Lum

Defendants: Superintendent of Education of the State of Mississippi

Location: Mississippi

Year: Argued: October 12, 1927 Decided: November 21, 1927 196

brown v board of education of topeka kansas
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas
  • Argued: Dec. 8, 1952
  • Reargued: Dec. 7, 1953
  • Decided: May 17, 1954
  • Key Players
    • Thurgood Marshall
    • Rev. Oliver Brown
    • Linda Brown
    • Chief Justice Earl Warren
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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas

Several Cases Were Combined into One

  • Delaware – Belton v Gebhart
  • Kansas – Brown v Board of Education
  • South Carolina – Briggs v Elliot
  • Virginia – Davis v County School Board of Prince

Edward County

  • Washington, DC – Bolling v Melvin Sharpe
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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas

“Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

brown v board of education of topeka kansas the issue
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KansasThe Issue
  • Schools approached equality in terms of buildings, curricula, qualifications, and teacher salaries.
  • Nevertheless, despite “equality” of objective factors, intangible issues foster and maintain inequality.
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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas
  • This case was not simply about children and education.
  • This new law had far reaching social and ideological implications that continue to be felt throughout the nation and the world.
  • The struggle for Human Rights throughout the world can trace its roots back to this case.
  • Reinforced the supremacy of the power of the people in protecting natural rights from arbitrary limitations imposed by governments.
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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas
  • The case did not abolish segregation in other public areas, such as restaurants and restrooms, nor did it place a time frame for implementation of the law.
  • Other pioneers would take up the torch of freedom and carry on the challenge.
court cases legislation
Court Cases & Legislation
  • March Griggs v. Duke Power Company
  • Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenberg Board of Education
  • Palmer v. Thompson
  • ERA
  • Title IX Education Amendments
court cases
Court Cases
  • San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez
  • State Constitutional Challenges
  • Public School Race Riots
  • Education for All Handicapped Children Act
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Court Cases
  • Affirmative Action
  • Brown III
reagan administration
Reagan Administration
  • Emergency School Aid Act
  • Los Angeles
  • Segregation
  • Desegregation
  • Segregation Again
  • Desegregation’s High Water Mark
survey says
Survey Says…..
  • Don’t Do as I Do, Do As I Say
segregated not in my neighborhood
Segregated? Not in My Neighborhood!
  • Where Segregation & Integration Occur

School Segregation: Current Trends

Regular Public School Enrollments by Race/Ethnicity and Region, 2000 - 2001

Reprinted with permission from the Civil Rights Project, Harvard University


School Segregation: Current Trends

Racial Composition of Schools Attended by the Average Student of Each Race, 2001 - 2001

signs of hope
Signs of Hope?
  • Grutter v. Bollinger
Segregation is evil because it scars the soul of both the segregated and the segregator…. It gives the segregated a false sense of inferiority and it gives the segregator a false sense of superiority. …It does something to the soul….this is why segregation is utterly evil and utterly un-Christian. It substitutes an "I/It" relationship for the "I/Thou" relationship. Martin Luther King Jr.