In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that segregating races in public schools was unconstitutional. Linda Brown, a black third-grader in Topeka, Kansas had been denied access to a white elementary school near her house and was forced to attend a black school farther away. Her father ended up suing the Topeka board of education, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court.
The court’s ruling against racial segregation in public schools — practiced and even mandatory in many states at the time — was a landmark decision that changed the face of public schools across the nation.
Fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education ended school segregation, Channel One takes a look back at how life used to be for teens in segregated schools.