61 years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional! The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), the first human and civil rights law firm in the U.S., dedicated two decades to ending segregation in public education.
Following the historic victory of Brown vs. Board of Education (which was argued by Thurgood Marshall), there was violent resistance to integrate the classroom; however, the Legal Defense Fund made it their duty to uphold Brown’s promise of educational equality. Thank you to the NAACP, Charles Hamilton Houston (the brain behind the legal campaign to overturn Jim Crow laws), Thurgood Marshall and the countless other individuals who fought and continue to fight to ensure our youth receive an equal education so that they too can achieve academic excellence.
Pictured are the plaintiffs in Brown vs. Board of Education case.
Front row: Vicki Henderson, Donald Henderson, Linda Brown, James Emanuel, Nancy Todd, Katherine Carper; Back row: Zelma Henderson, Oliver Brown, Sadie Emanuel, Lucinda Todd, Lena Carper.
Photo credit: Life Magazine