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Education equity: Remembering Brown v. Board of Education at 68


Today – May 17, 2022 – is the 68th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court case that declared segregation in the nation’s public education system as unconstitutional. The journey to this legal decision consisted of five casesBrown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Briggs v. Elliot Davis, Davis v. Board of Education of Prince Edward County (VA.), Bolling v. Sharpe and Gebhart v. Ethel – and is rooted in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), the first case to challenge Jim Crow laws and the Fourteenth Amendment. 

A few years ago, The 74, a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America, compiled oral histories of those involved with the five cases leading up to and including Brown v. Board of Education. Today, take a moment and listen to the voices of those who labored to ensure that all children received a quality education.

High-quality education for all students – despite their race, class or gender – ensures that children thrive and continue to prosper in their lives. 68 years later, communities continue to persevere through the continuing effects of school segregation, including racially unequal school boundaries, school funding, and unequal treatment within schools

The people who advanced Brown vs. Board of Education, Plessy v. Ferguson and other cases created a legacy, and they created blueprints from which we can learn. The intention of Brown v. Board of Education will be fulfilled when our nation commits to healing from the effects of racism, and transforming the systems and structures that limit opportunity for children and families.

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