Brown v. Board of Education: History Of The Landmark Case
In the decades following the Civil War, many states enacted laws that required racial segregation of public facilities, restaurants and schools. In the 1930s, the NAACP began to challenge these so-called “Jim Crow” laws in various states. Then, in 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously held that racial segregation of children in public schools violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. But it took years for the new law to be implemented, especially in the southern states. Guest host Steve Roberts and guests discuss the history of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and how it changed America.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "The Warmth of Other Suns."
Delegate to the United States Congress representing the District of Columbia; Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
partner, Brand Law Group and distinguished fellow in law and government, Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law; former counsel to House of Representatives (1976-83)
The Aftermath Of Brown v. Board of Education
Even after the Supreme Court said segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional, it took years for the new law to be implemented, especially in the southern states.
These photos share a glimpse of schools across the southern U.S. as they struggled with the new legislation.