Brown v. Board Decision

People line up at the Supreme Court building to hear the arguments before the justices, December 9, 1952.
(Courtesy of Library of Congress)

May 17 - Washington, DC - The United States Supreme Court ruled in the Oliver Brown, et al v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas that "racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional." This decision reversed the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson "separate but equal" decision.