Sixty-seven years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered a decision that shook the very foundation of our educational and social structures. There is hardly a person who has not heard of “Brown v Board of Education,” yet most do not know how it came to be. The segregation of our public schools in the first half of the 20th century was ever present; one Justice of the Court described that condition as an experience “…that may affect the hearts and minds (of children) in ways unlikely ever to be undone.” The nation had a moment of reckoning about racism that ripples across time to today.
In this lecture, Dean David Goldenberg will discuss the events that led to this Landmark ruling by the Supreme Court. The case, as we shall see, really begins eighty years earlier. The struggles of segregation in our educational system, and the ways in which courts looked at the question of “separate but equal,” are as relevant today as in 1954.