Thursday, May 17, 2012

Brown v. Board of Education - May 17, 1954

On This Day

George E.C. Hayes, left, Thurgood Marshall, center, and James M. Nabrit pose outside
the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., May 17, 1954 (AP).

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its unanimous (9-0) landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, declaring that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.

 “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal…."

Brown v. Board of Education in 'PBS The Supreme Court

And the walls of segregation came tumbling down over many years.