Separate Is Not Equal - Brown v. Board of Education

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Segregated America
The Battleground
Legal Campaign
Five Communities Change a Nation
The Decision
Legacy
  • “With All Deliberate Speed”
  • Freedom Struggle
  • Equality for All
  • Changing Definitions
  • Communities Since Brown
  • Fifty Years After
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Equality for All

The achievements of the modern black freedom struggle, which followed the victory in the Brown decision, have reverberated throughout society and provide a model for social change. They have given inspiration and encouragement to other Americans fighting for equal rights and access to opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disabilities.

UFW banner

UFW banner

United Farm Workers banner, signed by union president Cesar Chavez

Protest Sign

Protest Sign

Protest sign from a demonstration for women’s rights, Washington, D.C., August 26, 1972

Women's rights demonstration

Women's rights demonstration

Demonstration for the Equal Rights Amendment at the Florida Supreme Court Building, Tallahassee, Florida, 1982 (Courtesy of Florida State Archives)
Indian demonstration

Indian demonstration

Indian rights march, Gallup, New Mexico, March 31, 1973
Civil Rights Now

Civil Rights Now

Sign carried at a demonstration for gay rights in Washington, D.C., 1993

Asian banner

Asian banner

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates produced this banner, with “Justice” written in Chinese, for a campaign against sweatshop abuses, about 1993

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