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
Thurgood Marshall as a boy

Thurgood Marshall as a boy

Thurgood Marshall’s high school graduation photograph at age 17. His father was a railroad dining-car porter and steward at a country club; his mother, a homemaker, was a graduate of the historically black Coppin Normal School.
(Courtesy of Supreme Court Historical Society)

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