Brown versus Board of Education began a new era in civil liberties. The
changes that took place from 1954 until recent day has affected nearly every
American citizen. The black community stood against adversity and altered a
bitter course of direction that brought new meaning to not only their own
community, but to a diverse group of citizens as well. It is important that
you (the student) understand the avenues used by the black community in order
to generate equal opportunity. In order to do this you must answer the
essential question about what was signifcant about Brown versus Board of
Education? Also, why do you think it had such a great impact on America? In
1954 Brown I said that all schools shall become desegregated and Brown II
decided in 1955 said that they should do so "with all deliberate speed,"
Explain this phenomenom and what was meant by "all deliberate speed." Also,
give examples of how communities fulfilled their responsiblity to integrate.
The 1950s and throughout 1960s began to teach us the true meaning of the
Fourteenth Amendment. Based on your reseach discuss what is meant by "all men
are created equal..." and describe its impact on the Civil Rights Movement of
the 1960s. What does this tell us about the United States Constitution and
its ability to make change? More importantly, why is this so important to
America today? In your opinion, based on your research, what permanent
changes, either positive or negative, followed the Brown decision? Make sure
to be specific and support your evidence. In addition, explore the political,
social, and legal ramifications that ocurred in the handing down of Brown
versus Board of Education.