Brown v. Board of Education
Moments In Civil Rights History
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Brown v. Board of Education. The case consolidated several lawsuits challenging segregation in schools. The lead plaintiff was Oliver Brown, who sued the Topeka, Kansas, Board of Education on behalf of his daughter. NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall argued the case. The Court unanimously ruled segregation in public education as unconstitutional.