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Offers reminder of the fight to end segregation

Published 11:53 am, Monday, February 25, 2013
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To the Editor:

February has been Black History Month.

I feel the only way to help abolish sterotypes is to present a more complete history of black people in the United States.

Consider the Brown Vs. Board of Education decision.

"Concerning our children's minds there is no place for local option," said Thurgood Marshall.

Through the painstaking and nonstop efforts of the NAACP, segregation in schools was attacked, resulting in the Brown Vs. Board of Education decision in 1954.

At last, this decision, "separate but equal" public schools were declared unconstitutional.

President Eisenhower, in spite of his personal opinions, upheld the highest U.S. Court's ruling.

He was aware, as leader of the free world, the United States could not renege.

May 17, 1954: racial segregation is outlawed in public schools (Brown Vs. Board of Education decision).

May 31, 1955: education integration is to be achieved with "all deliberate speed" (second Brown Vs. Board of Education).

March 5, 1956: ban on segregation applied also to tax-supported colleges and universities.

Fran Smith

New Milford