Brown et al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas
Charles and John Scott and Charles Bledsoe of Topeka, joined by Robert Carter and Jack Greenberg of the NAACP’s national office, presented the case to a panel of three federal judges. The NAACP attorneys argued that segregated schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment and harmed black students.
The judges conceded the damage caused by segregated education. Nevertheless, the Court ruled that white and black schools in Topeka were comparable and that segregation was consistent with the laws of Kansas and the Supreme Court’s ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson.