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Brown v. Board of Education

This Week in History: Brown v. Board of Education

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West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Kelly V. Landers recalls events of significance that occurred this week in history.

On May 17, 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court issued the unanimous ruling in the landmark school segregation case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.  This was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional.

On May 18, 1896 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that “separate but equal” is constitutional. This decision allowed state-sponsored segregation, insofar as it applied to public education.  It was overturned in 1954 (Brown v. Board of Education).

On May 20, 1932 Amelia Earhart began the first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot.

On May 22:  National Maritime Day!

On May 23, 1934 Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot and killed in a police ambush in Louisiana.

Brooklyn Bridge, 1883

On May 24, 1883 after 14 years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge was opened.

 

Quote:  “I am still learning.” -Michelangelo’s motto

 

Have a great week!

Photo of the Week

Landers Law finishes a great season strong!

Landers Law 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sources:  Featured Image (Top): Brittanica.com; Brooklyn Bridge, circa 1883: www.utclc.com.

 

 

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