Take the quiz here Kahoot it Linda Brown was a little girl who lived in Topeka, Kansas. She was African American. She was 8 years old in 1954. Schools in Topeka
Kansas in 1954 were segregated. There was a school across the street from her house. It was a white school.
The black school was 9 blocks away, across railroad tracks. Linda was told that she had to go to the black school. Her parents were angry about this. Why should their little daughter have to walk 9 blocks and cross dangerous railroad tracks to get to school?
So they decided to sue in court so that Linda Brown could go to the all white school near her house. She lost in the Kansas State Court but her lawyers requested that the Supreme court hear this case. This was the same court that had heard the case of Homer Plessy. Her lawyers said that the 14th Amendment said that everyone was equal under the law and had the same rights. So this meant Linda Brown had as much right as a white child to attend a public school closest to her house. They said the 14th Amendment said you could not have segregation.
And They won.
The road to equality for African Americans was a long road. It began as soon as they were brought here on slave ships from Africa
Slavery was a brutal way of life. Many settlers to the colonies recognized slavery as the “great evil” of American life. When we were becoming a country getting free from England. Three men wrote a document that said we declare our freedom from England. The document was called the Declaration of Independence.
It said all men are created equal and have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Which seems to be a direct hit on slavery. If all men are created equal then how can some be slaves.
Then there is the next document what we refer here to as our rule book. The Constitution. What did it have to say about slavery? Well after the Civil War when President Lincoln freed the slaves, all slaves. The Constitution put in two amendments first the 13th Amendment that said that no one in this nation shall be held in slavery. Then the 14th Amendment which said that all citizens born in the U.S.A. we have equal rights and protection under the law regardless of color or race.
So it would seem clear that the two documents that are the documents that started our country are clear. All men regardless of color were guaranteed equal rights under the law.
Finally, the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) further strengthened the legal rights of newly freed slaves by prohibiting states from denying anyone the right to vote due to race or color.
We know that even though the documents were clear there was no equality for exslaves. Segregation began to take hold of the southern and the northern states. African Americans were not allowed to vote. Also there was a great deal of violence against African Americans. A terrorist group the Klu Klux Klan would attack families, burn down houses, and sometimes Kill black people who they felt “got out of line”.
To be continued.
Who was Homer Plessy?
Who was Linda Brown?
What happened first ?
What was the ruling in Plessy Vs.Fergusson?
What was ruling in Brown V. Board of Education?
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