Brown vs. Board of Education

By Ellen Hart and Eloy Calderon

Who?

Linda Brown, a third grader who had to walk 7 blocks and take a bus to her school for African Americans instead of going to a school only 6 blocks away because black kids were not allowed to go.

What?

Oliver Brown along with other parents enrolled their children in the closest schools to them. After being denied they had to go a much father way to a non segregated school just for African Americans.

When?

In 1951, 13 Topeka parents sued the Board of Education for their 20 kids.

Where?

This happened in Topeka, Kansas. When it was taken to the supreme court it was combined with five other cases with similar problems from all over America.

Why is this important?

In spring 1953, the supreme court was unable to deicide how to rule this case. The judges asked to rehear the case in the fall. When they did, the court ruled that segregation of school was unconstitutional and ruled it illegal. If this did not happen schools and the world could be completely different today.

Summary

Linda Brown was a girl who didn't want to walk so far to school but was forced to because schools were segregated. After fighting this all the way up the chain of command starting with the board of education of Topeka and finally, the Supreme Court who outlawed it and made it illegal to segregate schools. This changed the way our education system and culture is today.
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