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Brown Vs Board of Education Racial segregation in public schools began in 1892 over the United States Supreme Courts decision in the case of Plessy vs Fergusons separate but equal doctrine that lasted until the early 1950s This precedent legally enabled separate facilities for African Americans and Caucasians as long as they were equal During the turn of the 19th century the term Jim Crow was used to refer to African Americans This term would later be used as the name of the laws that kept African Americans from public functions and places It would not be until 1954 that the separate but equal doctrine would be changed for good One day Reverend Oliver Brown took his eight-year-old daughter Linda Carol for a walk to the Sumner Elementary School located just seven blocks from her house in Topeka Kansas After a discussion Brown had with the principal over the enrollment of his daughter he was informed that she would not be admitted to the school even though she qualified The reason she was not admitted to the school was because of the color of her skin Sumner Elementary only accepted Caucasian children Reverend Brown was not a man who caused trouble but he did not want his daughter to have to walk six blocks along railroad tracks in order to catch the bus to a rundown black school Dudley 8 Brown and his family along with many other African American families wanted to put an end to school segregation Thirteen African American families of Topeka rallied together and sought out the help of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP The NAACP chose Oliver Browns family for the upcoming case because he was a minister and a respectable hard working man Appointed this case were the NACCP attorneys Robert Carter and Jack Greenberg with the guidance and assistance of Thurgood Marshall who was a major contributor in fighting for equal rights
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