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ERIC Number: EJ821892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0953-9964
"Brown v Board of Education" at 50: An Update on School Desegregation in the US
Russo, Charles J.
Education and the Law, v16 n2-3 p183-189 2004
"Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas" (1954) ("Brown I"), is the United States Supreme Court's most significant ruling on education, if not of all time. In "Brown I", the Court unanimously held that "de jure" racial segregation in public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by depriving African American children of equal educational opportunities. In calling for an end to segregated schooling, "Brown" served as the catalyst for systemic change that influenced just about every facet of American society ranging from the legislation effectuating the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s to gender equity to protecting the rights of children with disabilities. In light of the massive changes that "Brown" set in motion, this article does not attempt to present an exhaustive review of the myriad of ways in which it helped to transform American life. Rather, this article highlights the Supreme Court's major rulings on school desegregation, beginning with "Brown I", before briefly reflecting on the status of desegregation in the United States a half of a century after this monumental case. (Contains 42 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education; Fourteenth Amendment