Plessy Vs Ferguson Case

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Between the years of 1950 and 1951 five lawsuits were filed in Delaware, District of Columbia, Kansas, South Carolina, and Virginia for black elementary school students who attended segregated schools. This lawsuit alleged that the “separate but equal” is constitutional ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson was in violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. On May 17th, 1954 the United States Supreme Court overturned the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision and ruled that “separate but equal” was unconstitutional. Segregated schools in the South now legally had to desegregate. The ruling in Brown vs. Board of Topeka was also a major milestone that helped sparked the civil rights movement in the late 1950s and 1960s as it represented