“Equal means getting the same thing at the same time and in the same place.” ~Thurgood Marshall
May 17 marks the 58th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). Overturning Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), Brown unanimously held that “separate but equal” was no longer permissible and that schools could no longer be racially segregated. Brown was a consolidation of five cases involving school segregation; future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was the lead counsel for the plaintiffs in each of the five cases.
Read more about the case, Marshall’s role and the Warren Court in:
- Simple Justice, by Robert Kluger;
- Thurgood Marshall: His Speeches, Writings, Arguments, Opinions, and Reminiscences, edited by Mark V. Tushnett;
- The Warren Court: A Retrospective, edited by Bernard Schwartz.