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What makes history? Usually, it is an unforgettable moment, a fulcrum upon which other events turn. Most often, recorded history is the story of those who won battles, reached finish lines first, or invented surprising mechanical marvels. Generally, it is what is remembered of heroic human deeds. But there are other histories too-histories filled with suffering and loss, small personal stories that don’t make the newspapers, and the accumulations of daily actions that eventually build sufficient momentum to redirect the course of human lives. Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 United States Supreme Court decision that legally ended segregation in public schools, was the result of such histories, accumulated week by week, month by month, decade by decade, until what had been the status quo transformed into a bright new birth of equality. This lawsuit and its outcome owe a great debt to the many men and women who have struggled for freedom since their feet first touched the soil of the Americas. The decision reached by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education forever changed the way Americans view equality.

Explore this history, from its foundation to its culmination, in WNPA’s succinct volume entitled Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

  • By Mary Maruca
  • Paper
  • Trim Size: 7 ½ x 10
  • Pages: 16
  • ISBN: 9781583690307

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