Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education – May 17, 1954

Dear Commons Community,

We should take a moment to remember that today, May 17th is the 56th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision that declared segregated public schools “unconstitutional”.  In perhaps the most controversial and most important decision of the 20th century, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decreed  that in the field of public education, “the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”   As many of us know, this decision changed the face of education throughout the country but especially in the South.   For anyone wanting to read one of the more informative books on this decision, Richard Kluger’s Simple Justice is highly recommended.  A website dedicated to the Brown Decision with lots of resources is available at:


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