Separate Is Not Equal - Brown v. Board of Education

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Segregated America
The Battleground
Legal Campaign
  • Howard University
  • Charles Hamilton Houston
  • Preparing for Struggle
  • The NAACP
  • NAACP’s Legal Team
  • “Mr. Civil Rights”
  • Targeting Higher Education
  • Power of Precedent
  • Turning Point
Five Communities Change a Nation
The Decision
Legacy
Lieutenant Houston in Artillery Unit, World War I

Lieutenant Houston in Artillery Unit, World War I

During World War I, Houston was an artillery officer in France. He witnessed and endured the racial prejudice inflicted on black soldiers. These encounters fueled his determination to use the law as an instrument of social change.
(Lent by Charles Hamilton Houston Jr.)

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