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           The start of the Brown vs. Board of Education case began when a little black girl, Linda Brown, had to walk one mile over railroad tracks to get to her little black school, when she could have gone to a "white school" just seven blocks away. 

           Chief Justice Earl Warren read the final twelve-page decision to a crowded courtroom on May 17, 1954.  Warren read aloud: 

  • "We come then to the question presented: Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other "tangible" factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal education opportunities?"

  •  "We believe it does." 

           There it was the unanimous nine to zero decision.  There were four other cases tied into this case to help Warren and the other justices make their decision.

          Minors of the African-American race were involved in each of the events.  Though their lawyers they sought the aid of the courts in obtaining admission to the public schools of their district on a non segregated basis.  African Americans have been un-allowed admission to schools with white kids under the laws requiring or permitting segregation to race.  

          Segregation supposedly deprived the plaintiffs of the equal protection of the Fourteenth Amendment.  In each of the cases,  a three-judge state court didn't let relief come to the plaintiffs on the so-called "separate but equal "  doctrine announced by the court in 1986.

          The Supreme Court of Delaware ordered that the plaintiffs be admitted to the white schools. Due to there superiority to the African-American schools. The plaintiffs have stated that segregated public schools are not equal and cannot be made equal and that they are deprived of the equal protection of the laws. Since the question at hand is of obvious importance the court has taken jurisdiction. This argument was first heard in the 1952 term. The cases questions were again heard in this court again this term.

          The appeals were almost completely devoted to the details surrounding the accepting of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868. It extensively covered the consideration of the Amendment in congress, approved by the states in the then existing practices of racial segregation with the views of the proponents and opponents of the Amendment. This discussion and our "own thoughts, questions, and answers lead us to believe that even though these sources cast some light there is not enough to solve this problem in which we are trying to solve. At the most these sources are of no help. The most likely proponents of the, "post-war amendments" undoubtedly intended them to "remove all legal distinctions" among all persons born or naturalized in the United States. Their opponents, we are just as certain were antagonistic to both the letter and the spirit of the amendments and wished them to have the most limited effect. Who knows what others in Congress and the state legislatures had in mind can't be obtained with any hope of being right. For additional reasons of this nature of the amendments history with dignity towards segregated schools we believe that "Separate but equal" can in fact never be made equal. Only when segregation in public schools end will the schools be made equal. So on that day May 17, 1954 they had voted for the plaintiffs with a 9-0 vote for stopping segregation.


Travis Thederahn

Chelsea Trimble

Matt Wehrli


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