Road to Brown Essay

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Road to Brown



“The Road to Brown” was lead by a man named Charles Houston. Houston devoted his entire
life to try and get equal treatment for blacks. But in order to begin the road to
equality, a previous decision, Plessy v. Ferguson, which gave the “separate but equal”
clause, had to be overturned. This was eventually accomplished in the Supreme Court
decision of Brown v. the Board of Education. Brown v. the Board of Education was the
result of many court decisions and developments in Civil Rights prior to 1954.

Many developments in the area of Civil Rights helped contribute to the end of “separate
but equal”. In 1947 Jackie Robinson integrated baseball by becoming the first black to
play in the major league. An African-American was now a part of America’s pastime.
Another development in Civil Rights was the creation of the Fair Employment Practices
Commission, which was created to discourage employment based on race. This was the first
large-scale government action on equal rights. Another government action to improve equal
rights was the desegregation of the Army ordered by President Truman in 1948. With
developments like these, many blacks began to see equality on the horizon.

There was a lot of legal groundwork that was laid before the decision of Brown v. the
Board of Education was made. Charles Houston and the law students he trained laid this
legal groundwork. Houston, after seeing first hand the treatment of black soldiers by
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