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TheDailyBeast.com: Most Divisive Supreme Court Decisions

Brown v. Board of Education

Brown v. Board of Education was really five cases on the constitutionality of state-sponsored segregation in public schools. When they reached the Supreme Court in 1952, all five were consolidated under the now famous name. After rehearing the case in 1953, the court unanimously agreed that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. On May 14, 1954, Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered the court’s opinion, saying: “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal …”

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