May 17th 1954: Brown v. Board of Education

On this day in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its unanimous decision in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The decision declared racial segregation in schools unconstitutional, striking down the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ segregation which had been enshrined in the 1896 decision Plessy v. Ferguson. The Brown case had been bought by African-American parents, including Oliver L. Brown, against Topeka’s educational segregation. It was argued before the Court by the chief legal counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Thurgood Marshall, who went on to become the first African-American Supreme Court justice in 1967. The Court, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, declared that segregation violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. The landmark decision is often considered the start of the Civil Rights Movement, which fought for racial integration and full equality for African-Americans. The movement transformed American society, leading to the end of legal segregation and landmark legislation such as the Civil Rights Act (1964) and Voting Rights Act (1965). However, the mission of the movement, so eloquently expressed by Dr. King, to achieve full equality, is far from over.

“We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal
- Warren’s opinion for the Court

thurgood marshal (1908 - 1993)

 He led a civil rights revolution in the 20th century that forever changed the landscape of American society. But he is the least well known of the three leading black figures of this century. Martin Luther King Jr., with his preachings of love and non-violent resistance, and Malcolm X, the fiery street preacher who advocated a bloody overthrow of the system, are both more closely associate in the popular mind and myth with the civil rights struggle. But it was Thurgood Marshall, working through the courts to eradicate the legacy of slavery and destroying the racist segregation system of Jim Crow, who had an even more profound and lasting effect on race relations than either of King or X.


Thurgood. And the fact that Laurence only won the Image award for this… and a Drama Desk award for this…wow

Also, am I the only one who didn’t know he and Gina Torres are married?


Starting my typography & motion research has been fun, ive learnt a lot and been very inspired by some of the artists and typographers i have viewed. One ‘project i was immediately drawn to was the work of mid centuary legendary designer Lou Dorfsman, former CBS VP, Creative Director and Art director. He was commissioned to create a piece to sit inside the Canteen in the newly built CBS headquarters in 1965. His answer was 'Gastrotypographicalassemblage" a typographical piece that displayed the canteen’s full menu. The piece has been neglected over time and has only recently been restored but its impressive scale, use of font and clever layout create what is to me a truely inspiration piece and give me massive motivation to learnt this kind of design. To me i am just in awe of the layout of the Lou Dorfsmans work he has clearly spent a huge amount of time getting the different typefaces and elements to stand out making this not just an every day restaurant menu.

The full piece and some of its elements. Its incredible 35ft scale isn't represented well with a photo.

Lou Dorfsman with his work, And the layout sketch in full, the “Eat, Drink and be merry” text is hard to make out but is barely changed. Below is the individual element of the same phrase.

'Gastrotypographicalassemblage" in the middle of its restoration.

Great Video produced for the kemistry gallery when the displayed a ¼ scale replica of 'Gastrotypographicalassemblage’

Gastrotypographicalassemblage from christian carlsson on Vimeo.

Think i am going to keep coming back to this post updating it, as the more i look the more i find.


The trailer for Thurgood, the one-man show written by and starring Laurence Fishburne about the life and times of the civil-rights activist and U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

What are you doing tonight at 9PM Eastern? If you have HBO, you’re either watching or dvr'ing Thurgood, which replays 2/27. via Post Bourgie.

Our cat Thurgood.

He’s going to kill all the Esquires (mice) in our house.

You know a house full of future lawyers would be responsible for naming their cat after the first African-American Supreme Court judge and name the mice after the title for an individual who has their JD.