BEFORE BROWN, BEYOND BOUNDARIES Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Educatio
The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) decided to challenge segregation in schools and took the Brown cases to the Supreme Court. After combining the five cases in one large case, the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were illegal. Speaking on behalf of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Earl Warren found that “in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ had no place. Separate education facilities are inherently unequal.” Brown v Board of Education signaled the end of the legality of segregation.