[May 19, 2014] Growing up Caucasian in a small north Louisiana town with only one blinking light was not very noteworthy but I do remember the “colored” and “white” signs on the bathroom doors of the corner gas station. Grade school in the segregated South is a distant memory for me, but only later was I to realize the immoral character of laws establishing segregation and the strong leadership it took to overcome them.
A few days a ago (link here) I wrote about a US Supreme Court decision Korematsu v. United States (1944) that was not one of those decisions that had a positive impact on our society. This one allowed the detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
However, one decade later another decision is marked as one of the greatest and positive Supreme Court decisions: Brown v. Board of Education (1954).
This Supreme Court’s decision was the culmination of years of legal groundwork laid by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and many others in their work to end segregation. None of this would have been possible without individuals who were courageous to take a stand and provided the moral leadership against our school segregated system.
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Some very good links on Brown v. Board of Education decision: