ERIC Number: EJ768451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Reference Count: 13
Brown V. Board of Education at 50: Where Are We Now?
Jones, Janine Hancock; Hancock, Charles R.
Negro Educational Review, The, v56 n1 p91-98 Jan 2005
On May 17, 2004, our nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of a landmark decision, Brown versus the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. This U.S. Supreme Court decision was an impressive unanimous vote. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the "separate but equal" doctrine of "Plessy v Ferguson" that the Court had rendered in 1896. The Court concluded that in the field of public education, the doctrine of "separate but equal" has no place and separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. The primary goal of this article is to build the case that Brown was and remains an important watershed moment in U.S. history, especially for those whose job it is to educate the next generations of collegiate Americans in small private institutions of higher learning and large public ones alike. This article first presents a brief historical recap of what happened in 1954 and then explores and presents answers to some questions such as, How far have we come in achieving equity in our U.S. school systems, colleges, and universities?, What are the implications of Brown for those who work in schools, colleges, and universities?, and Where are we in 2004 on the issues that were the focus of Justice Thurgood Marshall's work and the important Brown decision?
Descriptors: United States History, Educational Facilities, Public Education, Court Litigation, Desegregation Litigation, Social Change, Access to Education, African American Students, Student Recruitment, Status, School Desegregation, Educational History, Civil Rights, African American Education, Educational Opportunities, Achievement Gains, Evaluation, Stereotypes, Minority Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education; Plessy v Ferguson