Mississippi Ordered to Desegregate Schools in 1969

Moments In Civil Rights History

On October 23rd, 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the lack of school desegregation in Holmes County, Mississippi. Fifteen years earlier in the Brown v. Board of Education decision, school boards across the country were ordered to draft desegregation plans. But in the South, many districts resisted. The court ruled against the school board, ordering desegregation in Mississippi schools.