Final Project - One of the events that had the most...

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One of the events that had the most powerful effect on the American people was Brown versus the board of education. Brown Versus the Board of education was not the first or only major civil rights events of this decade, but it made headlines more than any other. Before the incident in Kansas there were other events that were substantial for the civil rights movements in the 1950’s but it was widely publicized and I believe that if it was not for this even than many other events in the civil rights movements would not have happened in this decade. Also the other lawsuits that sprung from this one were even referred to as Brown versus the board of education. Before April 1951 there were a handful of civil suits that attacked segregation between Caucasians and African Americans. June 5 1950, McLaurin versus Oklahoma State Regents. This was a civil suit that went to the supreme court asking why a persons skin color determined what kind of education they were granted. Also Sweatt versus Painter was another supreme court case what ruled that the Texas state law of separate but equal still was unfair to black children eventually getting into colleges. Also during this year the Leadership conference on civil rights was created in the nations capital. While there were incidents before Brown versus the Board of education many of them seemed like formalities to keep people happy and quiet. In Topeka Kansas in 1951 there was a class action lawsuit filed by the parents of twenty children. One of the parents, Oliver L. Brown was named as the plaintiff in the case. This is where the well known name of the incident came from. Mr. Brown had a daughter named Linda Who was in elementary school and as a result of her skin color she had to catch a bus that took her to a school that was almost over a mile away. There was a school that was only seven city blocks away. In addition to that during the 1950’s the
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Topeka school board spent $43 dollars per black student and $179 per white student. Mr. Brown as well as many other parents in the Topeka and across the nation agreed that their children deserved to be allowed to receive an education in the same way that a white child at the time would. All of the similar cases around the country were referred to as Brown versus the board of education. There were many reasons that Oliver Brown’s name was used in the other cases. Many of the lawyers in the case thought that he was a good candidate because of his standing in his community. Many of the other parents in the cases were also single parents. While other parents were not as popular I their communities Oliver Brown was a welder for the Santa Fe Rail road. At the time his position was considered a somewhat
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2010 for the course HISTORY 234 taught by Professor Me during the Spring '10 term at Adrian College.

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