Whenever an anniversary of a major milestone is celebrated, some might ask what changed since the last one. So it is with the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education case, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954, which turns 60 Saturday.
Unfortunately, recent events call for more awareness of the nation’s racist past but likewise furnish an opportunity for education and for training the current generation on Brown’s legacy.
One of the important lessons of the Brown v. Board case and its successor is that people matter. Not only were the attorneys like Thurgood Marshall, Charles Hamilton Houston, Robert Carter, and Jack Greenberg critical for the national strategy of attacking school segregation, but so too were those lawyers and plaintiffs fighting segregation in individual states.