The landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, signed on May 17, 1954, marked the beginning of equal access to education for all American students.
Justice Marshall believed that integration was the only remedy for the damaging effects of racism and the cases he argued integrated one institution after another. After he integrated the University of Maryland Law School, Justice Marshall integrated political primary elections in Smith v. Allwright (1944) and successfully argued that racially based restrictive covenants were legally unenforceable in Shelley v. Kraemer (1948), and desegregated graduate schools nationally (1950).
However, most historians, legal and academic observers would agree that Brown v. Board was Justice Thurgood Marshall’s signature decision.
As we at Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) celebrate the 60th anniversary of this historic accomplishment – we will examine how far we have come, how far we need to go, and what has stayed the same in the U.S. educational system.
We invite you to come back often to learn about upcoming events that we will host to commemorate this great achievement.
Brown v. Board of Education: 60 Years Later, the Journey Continues
TMCF President & CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., Talks on WJLA/News8's "Let's Talk Live"