Historic Court Decision

It's been 50 years since the Brown versus Board of Education decision outlawed segregated education in public schools in America.

Ceremonies will be held across the country today to commemorate the historic court decision.

The case was named for Oliver Brown after he and thirteen other parents tried to enroll their children in the local "white schools" in Topeka, Kansas in the Summer of 1950. The parents were turned down because they were African Americans.

These parents filed suit against the Topeka Board of Education for their children.

The NAACP decided to take the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court. On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote that the 1896 doctrine of "separate but equal" facilities for blacks and whites had no place in the public schools of the United States. Warren said, "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."