Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

what did the supreme court unanimously declare in its brown v board of education decision?

i need the final outcome! thanks

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954 that declared unconstitutional the racial segregation of public schools.

    Separate schools for black and white children are "inherently unequal," Chief Justice Earl Warren said in an opinion that helped launch the civil-rights movement.


    State-enforced segregation laws are long gone, but for school officials today, a key question remains: Did the historic decision commit them to a policy of seeking integrated schools, or did it tell them not to assign students to a school based on their race?

    Today, lawyers in a pair of integration cases will debate whether school boards may use racial guidelines to assign students. Both sides will rely on the Brown decision to make their case.

    In Seattle, the school board adopted a policy, now suspended, that gave "nonwhite" students an edge if they sought to enroll in a popular, mostly white high school. In Jefferson County, Ky., which includes Louisville, the school district said black children should make up between 15 percent and 50 percent of the enrollment at each elementary school.

    In both cities, several white parents sued to have the plans declared unconstitutional after their children were barred from enrolling in the school of their choice because of their race. Although they lost in the lower courts, the Supreme Court voted in June to hear their appeals, leading many to predict the justices are poised to outlaw "racial balancing" in the public schools.

    "At its core, the issue here is the promise made 52 years ago in Brown vs. Board of Education," said Theodore Shaw, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Legal Defense Fund, which won the ruling that struck down racial segregation in the South. "Mandatory desegregation is now a thing of the past. All that's left is voluntary desegregation, and now that is being challenged."

    Bush administration lawyers, who joined the case on the side of the parents, say the Brown decision sought to move the United States toward a color-blind policy. They say school officials may not open or close the door to particular students solely because of race. In short, race-based decisions are racial discrimination, even if the officials are pursuing a laudable goal, they say.

  • Laura
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    The Supreme Court decided that segregated schools could not, by their very nature, be considered "separate but equal," thereby declaring school segregation unconstitutional.

  • 1 decade ago

    They decided that segregating schools was unconstitutional, and told the south to desegregate their schools "with all deliberate speed" unfortunately though, they didn't set a time limit (they didn't want to cause civil war by bringing change too soon) so a lot of southern schools just ignored the ruling.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Wow, are we just doing homework or do you need a term paper. I hope this isn't your thesis for your Masters Degree.

    You might want to get familiar with the Internet Encyclopedia. The link I pasted below will probably get you by for this question.

    Have fun.

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