Black Leaders Commemorate Brown v. Board of Education at 60

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

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)

"This decision helped students and their families understand similarities were much deeper and more significant than the differences in their skin tone, and contributed to propelling the diverse coalition of America’s civil rights movement forward," said Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge. "However, we must not forget that 60 years after the Brown v. Board decision, many of our communities have reverted to segregated classrooms, where more than half to nearly 90 percent of students are of one racial or socioeconomic background. Though segregation is no longer legal, years of institutional racism and structural barriers have countered the positive effect the decision had on our nation."

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