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In the 1950's African Americans tired of segregation and discrimination, launched the civil rights movement to demand equality.The NAACP had been able to open some all-white universities and graduate schools to African American Students, by demonstrating that in most cases educational facilities of white students, but the court maintained that segregation as legal.
In 1952 a group of cases that challenged segregation in public schools came before the supreme court as Brown V. Board, this case involved Linda Brown, a young African American Student from Topeka.The segregation in Topeka's school prevented her for attending an all-white school near her house, instead she had to travel a very long distance over dangerous railroad tracks to get to an all-black school.
The lawyer Thurgood Marshall suggested that segregation phiscologically7 damaged African American students by lowering their self stem.Many Americans praised the decision as a step fordware ending to end segregation completely.Soon , some states moved quickly to end school segregation, however, many white southern leaders reacted to the decision with alarm, for example the governor of Virginia, vowed to use every legal means at his command to maintain segregation schools in his state, and because of the resistance from the south the supreme court issued a rule in 1955, calling on federal district courts to end school segregation as soon as possible.
The Brown V. Board of Topeka was a Supreme court case challenging segregation in public schools, in it the Court ruled the separate educational facilities were unequal.


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