The landmark case decision that forever changed the face of education for minority groups was Brown v. Board of Education. As McBride (2006) notes:

Brown v. Board of Education (1954), now acknowledged as one of the greatest Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century, unanimously held that the racial segregation of children in public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Although the decision did not succeed in fully desegregating public education in the United States, it put the Constitution on the side of racial equality and galvanized the nascent civil rights movement into a full revolution. (para 1)

Watch The Little Rock Nine video, review the “Landmark cases – Brown v. Board of Education” website, and reflect on the following image: (Image will be uploaded as an attachment)

Your initial post will be three paragraphs. Your first paragraph will be a short description (who, what, where, when, why, and how) of the Little Rock Nine. You must cite and reference the text and at least one additional resource in your initial post.

Your second paragraph will address the above image. Put yourself in the place of these students or in the position of the teachers on campus. How would you react? Would you be able to follow through? Would you understand the magnitude of your bravery at the time? Do you know anyone who would stand up for such rights in the face of such risk? Please share any other thoughts related to the topic.

Many schools today are virtually all white or all-minority, even though no law requires segregation. This is sometimes called “de facto segregation.” Your third and final paragraph will address the following questions: Do you think de facto segregation has a detrimental effect on students? Why, or why not? 


Brown v. Board of Education –

The Little Rock Nine –