Black Leaders Commemorate Brown v. Board of Education at 60
Attorney General Eric Holder
"I was just 3 years old in 1954, when Brown was decided. Thanks to some of the pioneers in this room, my generation was the first to grow up in a world in which 'separate but equal' was no longer the law of the land. Even as a child growing up in New York City, I understood, as I learned about the decision, that its impact was truly groundbreaking — bringing the law in line with the fundamental truth of the equality of our humanity," said Attorney General Eric Holder at an NAACP Legal Defense Fund luncheon to commemorate the decision. "Yet, although Brown marked a major victory, like anyone old enough to remember the turbulence of the 1960s, I also knew — and saw firsthand — that this country wouldn’t automatically translate the words of Brown into substantive change."