May 13, 2014 - This Saturday will mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which found "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal," and put a large crack in the foundation of legally sanctioned racial segregation. 60 years later, we still have work to do before the dreams of the civil rights era are realized.
The major question decided in the Brown v. Board decision, of course, was whether black students could be legally prohibited from attending certain schools. By finding such a system unconstitutional, the decision was one of the first major steps in dismantling a larger system of mandated segregation. Since that decision, we have largely finished the job of taking apart the legal structure that required racial segregation.