Black Leaders Commemorate Brown v. Board of Education at 60

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  • School Desegregation
  • Michelle Obama
  • Barack Obama
  • Eric Holder
  • Gov. Deval Patrick
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge
  • Sen. Tim Scott
  • Cecilia Marshall
  • Sherrilyn Ifill
  • Rep. Maxine Waters

First Lady Michelle Obama

"The truth is that Brown vs. Board of Ed. isn't just about our history, it's about our future.… Now, our laws may no longer separate us based on our skin color, but nothing in the Constitution says we have to eat together in the lunchroom, or live together in the same neighborhoods. There's no court case against believing in stereotypes or thinking that certain kinds of hateful jokes or comments are funny," said First Lady Michelle Obama at the Topeka School District Senior Recognition Day. "So the answers to many of our challenges today can't necessarily be found in our laws. These changes also need to take place in our hearts and in our minds. And so, graduates, it's up to all of you to lead the way, to drag my generation and your grandparents' generation along with you."

  (Photo: AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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