Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas (1954) was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court in the twentieth century. It overturned the Court’s earlier ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), declaring the establishment of separate public schools for black and white students, as inherently unequal. This victory paved the way for integration in public schools and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The Promise of Justice:Essays on Brown v. Board of Education,assembles fourteen essays about Brown and its consequences in the fifty years following the decision.
Several of the essayists in this anthology provide personal recollections of the conditions before and immediately after the decision in Brown. One of the authors was a child plaintiff in a related case. Another was the federal district judge responsible for deciding in favor of, and then overseeing, integration in a major northern city. Contributors to this volume include legal specialists, sociologists, educators, and political scientists. A history of the legal milestones of integration is included, as well as judgments about the progress that has been made and the need for additional actions to assure racial equality under the law. Ten of these essays first appeared in a special issue of The Negro Educational Review published in January 2005, and four were written expressly for this volume.
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About the Author
Mac A. Stewart is special assistant to the president for diversity and a vice provost at The Ohio State University.
Table of Contents
Foreword and Acknowledgments Mac A. Stewart ix
Chapter 1 The Promise of Brown: Desegregation, Affirmative Action and the Struggle for Racial Equality Manning Marable 1
Chapter 2 What are the Ultimate Meaning and Significance of Brown v. Board of Education? A Note on Justice, Constitutionalism, and the Human Person Samuel Dubois Cook 15
Chapter 3 The Continuing Spirit of the Brown Decision of the Supreme Court Charles V. Willie 28
Chapter 4 Observing the Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1954 United States Supreme Court School Desegregation Decision in Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas Charles U. Smith 38
Chapter 5 Remembering Little Rock, 1957 Lester P. Monts 59
Chapter 6 Frasier v. UNC-A Personal Account Ralph K. Frasier 67
Chapter 7 Brown v. Board and Columbus Robert M. Duncan 80
Chapter 8 A Bi-Generational Narrative on the Brown v. Board Decision Adia M. Harvey William B. Harvey 91
Chapter 9 Why All Deliberate Speed? Using Brown to Understand Brown John A. Powell 102
Chapter 10 Brown's Legacy: The Promises and Pitfalls of Judicial Relief Deborah Jones Merritt 128
Chapter 11 The Not So Strange Path of Desegregation in America's Public Schools Philip T. K. Daniel 134
Chapter 12 The Big Disconnect between Segregation and Integration Vincene Verdun 150
Chapter 13 Brown v. Board of Education at Fifty: Where Are We Now? Janine Hancock Jones Charles R. Hancock 174
Chapter 14 Children of Brown Mac A. Stewart 185
Select Bibliography 191