Influential Court Cases of the Civil Rights Moement By: Andrew Schoenfeldt, AuStin Mitchell, IsAiah Sizemore, Jacob Baxendell, Alejandro Garcia

Plessy Vs. Ferguson: The Court upheld a Louisiana law requiring restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other public places to serve African Americans in separate, but ostensibly equal, accommodations. In establishing the separate but equal" doctrine, the Court said that segregation is "universally recognized as within the competency of states in the exercise of their police powers."

Brown Vs. Board of Education: Chief Justice Earl Warren, reading his first major opinion from the bench, said: "We conclude, unanimously, that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." The Supreme Court held that school systems must abolish their racially dual systems, but could do so "with all deliberate speed."

Influence on United States: The Brown V board of educlation case was very influential because of what it did to society. After years of segregation, schools were no longer allowed to be all white or all black. This was a major change after years of separation. Many people were against the change. It was a very controversial decision that said “separate but equal” didn't apply to schools. Children of all races and religions go to school together now, and segregation is no more.

Influence on Music: Teens watched movies such as Black board jungle (1955) that showcased integration in schools and inspired youth to question authority. In the 1950s, rock N' roll was able to do what jazz couldn't when it created a common culture amongst white and black teenagers. This was made possible by the advent of the radio, the availability of records, the television, and the population movement and societal changes of the 1950s. The common culture of rock'n'roll helped to erode long standing prejudices felt towards African Americans.

Early accounts of the history of rock In' roll from historians such as Carl Belz whose book, The Stones of Rock was published in 1969 often ignore the conditions that allowed rock In' roll to become popular. One of the biggest factors being a change in lifestyle for the

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