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Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

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Case: Brown v. Board of Education (1954) Facts: Linda Carol Brown was an eight-year-old black girl, whose father, Oliver Brown, was an assistant pastor of a Topeka church. The browns lived in a predominantly white neighborhood on a short distance from an elementary school. Under stat law, cities with population over fifteen thousand were permitted to administer racially segregated schools, and the Topeka Board of Education required its elementary schools to be racially divided. The Browns did not want their daughter to be sent to the school reserved for black students. ...read more.


Holding: (Vote 9-0) Segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other "tangible" factors may be equal, does deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities. ***Majority Opinion Reasoning: (Justice Warren) "Segregation of white and colored children in public schools has a detrimental effect upon the colored children. The impact is greater when it has the sanction of the law; for the policy of separating the races is usually interpreted as denoting the inferiority of the Negro group. ...read more.


Rule: Whatever may have been the extent of psychological knowledge at the time of Plessy v. Ferguson, this finding is amply supported by modern authority. Any language in Plessy v. Ferguson contrary to this finding is rejected. We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of "separate but equal" has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. Application: The court held that the plaintiffs and other similarly situated for whom the actions have been brought are, by reason of the segregation complained of, deprived of the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment." ?? ?? ?? ?? Dayne Huval Case Brief ...read more.

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