One of the first solutions to end segregation was the formation of the NAACP in 1909
- group that helped defend the rights of African Americans
- caused many cases to go to court, to defend their rights, and for equal protection under their law
- came up with a strategy to form a legal team to fight for their constitutional rights and to try to end segregation through the court system
The NAACP logo
Segregation was legal from the United States Supreme Court’s decision in the Plessy v. Ferguson court case, Until the Brown V. Board of Education case
- public institutions that were separate are equal
- The NAACP’s legal attorney, Thurgood Marshall brought the case of Brown v. Board of Education to the Supreme Court
- Marshall argued that segregation was not equal.
- He was the first African American on the supreme court
- The Supreme Court case of Brown V. Board of Education found that segregation was illegal
As the US Supreme Court stated, “In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.”
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character"
WHEN THE END TO SEGREGATION FINALLY CAME....
The end of segregation came from...
- the strong and brave efforts
- people arguing and fighting for their constitutional right to obtain justice
- bringing awareness to the public of their cause.
- As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice."