February marks the start of Black History month. It starts on February 1st and ends on March 1st. It was created to tribute all African Americans from all intervals of history. It is a time to celebrate all the things they’ve overcome and fought for. It allows us to learn about all the sacrifices they’ve been through, celebrate and honor the Black leaders. The purpose of this month is to solely honor the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout history. Since it is Black History month, I thought it was appropriate of me to dedicate an article to a significant event that occurred during the 1950s that changed a lot of things for education.
What is Brown vs. Board?
Linda Brown was an African American who lived in Topeka Kansas in the early 1950s. The situation erupted when Linda Brown tried to gain admission into the Summer School which was closer to her home, but she was denied acceptance because the school was a white children only school. The Board of Education of Topeka then elected to establish segregated elementary schools, which the Browns did not agree with. They felt that the decision the board had made violated the Constitution. Moments later, the Browns and the parents of the other student that were denied admission to the Whites only school came together to sue the Board of Education of Topeka. They claimed that Linda Brown was not given the equal protection of the laws required under the 14th amendment. This case was then brought to the Supreme court. The verdict of the case was that racial segregation is unconstitutional in public schools and it did indeed violated the equal protection section of the fourteenth amendment.
How would life be different if America remained segregated?
The Brown vs Board case is very significant in history and in the present day as well. This was a major event that was marked as a turning point in history. Society would be different today if America remained segregated because we would not have the right to attend schools that the other race would due to racial segregation. This would impact our education as a society. Schools who served students with color received less funding and benefits than the schools with the white children. There would be an unequal distribution of academic resources such as funding, technology and textbooks. This would provide the white students with more opportunities than the colored students. Racial segregation causes inequality. The Brown decision put an end to the “separate but equal” rule. If the Brown vs Board decision never passed and America still remained segregated we would not be provided with equal benefits and opportunities.