Monday, May 17, 2010
Fifty six years ago today, on May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court handed down the historic Brown vs. Board of Education verdict, which rendered segregation in public schools unconstitutional. Just as one of my students pointed out today, even before I did, how sick it was that almost 100 years after slavery ended, more legislation was needed to uphold the common sense truth that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
As a result of this case, Blacks and Whites were legally allowed to learn side by side, and Blacks were no longer to be denied educational opportunities. Of course, it took a lot more than a court case to make it a reality. There was still a battle to be fought, and it took courage on the part of many people to get us where we are today.
As a teacher, a Black teacher, I am very much aware of how Brown vs. the Board of Education has impacted my life. My prayer is that our students would understand and appreciate those who came before them and created the opportunities that they now have--and that they would conduct themselves accordingly.