May 17

Thurgood Marshall 1957-09-17

Thurgood Marshall in 1957. As Chief Counsel of the NAACP. Marshall argued the Brown v. Board of Education case for the plaintiffs to the Supreme Court. Marshall later became the first African American Supreme Court Justice.

May 17, 1954 – The US Supreme Court Hands Down It’s Ruling On Brown v. The Board of Education

On May 17, 1954 the US Supreme Court ruled that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. This landmark Supreme Court ruling reversed the segregationist methods of education which created separate and unequal school systems and overall inadequate education for African Americans which led to economic and social disparity throughout the country.

This ruling was a precedent to the overall progress of  integration in America.

Brown V. Board of Education Exhibit

Judge Robert A. Katzmann (2nd Cir.), Judge Damon J. Keith (6th Cir.), and Judge Sonia Sotomayor (2nd Cir.) Now US Supreme Court Justice, were among those viewing the Marching Toward Justice display when it was at the Second Circuit.