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The Road to Brown was lead by a man named Charles Houston Houston devoted his entire life to try and get equal treatment for blacks But in order to begin the road to equality a previous decision Plessy v Ferguson which gave the separate but equal clause had to be overturned This was eventually accomplished in the Supreme Court decision of Brown v the Board of Education Brown v the Board of Education was the result of many court decisions and developments in Civil Rights prior to 1954Many developments in the area of Civil Rights helped contribute to the end of separate but equal In 1947 Jackie Robinson integrated baseball by becoming the first black to play in the major league An African-American was now a part of Americas pastime Another development in Civil Rights was the creation of the Fair Employment Practices Commission which was created to discourage employment based on race This was the first large-scale government action on equal rights Another government action to improve equal rights was the desegregation of the Army ordered by President Truman in 1948 With developments like these many blacks began to see equality on the horizonThere was a lot of legal groundwork that was laid before the decision of Brown v the Board of Education was made Charles Houston and the law students he trained laid this legal groundwork Houston after seeing first hand the treatment of black soldiers by whites in World War I decided to devote his life to fighting for equal treatment for blacks He knew the fight had to be done legally so he went to law school and became a lawyer Houston decided to target education because the discrimination in schools was symbolic of the discrimination found in other parts of life First Houston and the NAACP made a movie about the schools in South Carolina which showed that blacks schools were not equal to whites Then came Houstons first case
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