This paper discuss the famous school desegregation case of 1954U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, especially its impact on public education and similar cases in other this areas.
The Civil Rights Movement was greatly influenced by monumental and controversial court cases such as Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education. This case dramatically shifted America’s thoughts on race and discrimination against African Americans. Whites promoted and participated in racial bigotry in all aspects of daily life, thus short changing African Americans of their basic human rights as United States citizens. During the late 1940’s, blacks began to speak out against the discrimination they had faced for so long. From the black’s vantage point, racial segregation enforced separation and, with its degrading humiliations, seemed to be a great evil that needed to be destroyed. Therefore, court cases escalated throughout the nation, questioning the lack of morality blanketing most ‘white’ American’s mindsets. Moreover, segregation made it impossible for African Americans to receive on equal and fair education without constantly coming up shorthanded (Anderson 103-5). While Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education paved the way for African American reform policies in general, and was quite possibly one of the most influential and inspiring judicial cases in history, the court case also proved to have significant changes for many individuals during the 1950’s and in the decades to follow.