Brown Vs The Board of Education Background Information Expository Essay
The Plessy v Ferguson, the Supreme Court Case that stated although colored and white people were separated, as long ad the facilities were equal, it was constitutional. Now, people know that isnt the true because a lot of the colored facilities weren’t equal. Over 50 Years later a new cases, which consisted of five separate cases that were combined into one that is known as Brown v The Board of Education, had a chance to right the wrongs of segregation in the south.
Segregation was a bus part of everyday life for all Americans, colored and white alike. Linda Brown falls into the category of a colored school age girl. Her father “tried to enrol her in a all white school. He and several other black families were turned away” (“Linda Brown, key figure in US school desegregation and civil rights, dies at 75."). This light the flame that began the integration of public schools and eventually the rest of America. The NAACP used the school turning Mr. Brown and the other families away into a case against the Board of Education in Topeka. Their goal being to end segregation in the school system. According to the website A&E’s biography on Linda Brown, “In 1954, this aim was achieved when the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.” Linda and the other families involved were able to to go to the better, all white, school a few blocks away.
There were four other cases that combined with Linda Brown's that eventually deemed segregation illegal. The case of Felton v Gabhart consisted of the fight to desegregate two inferior schools in Delaware. “Although a victory for the named plaintiffs, his decision had not dealt the sweeping blow to segregation they had hoped for. The decision did not apply broadly throughout Delaware”(“Brown Foundation”). The Supreme Court ruled that the term “separate but equal” didn’t fit into this category and the students from the two schools involved in this case w...