Brown v. Board: An American Legacy

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Explore the history of school segregation, the Brown case and its relevance in the ongoing struggle for school equity.

The Teaching Tolerance magazine article An American Legacy is a concise examination of school segregation, the Brown case and its relevance in the ongoing struggle for school equity. Build on this history using one or more of the following activities.

1. The Supreme Court concluded in its Brown decision that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." Using the web or school library, research how the resources of segregated schools differed. Construct 3-D models of a white school and a school for children of color in the pre-Brown era.

2. Create songs, raps, poems or spoken word pieces about the legacy of Brown. Host a school assembly to showcase students' work.

3. Pretend it's May 17, 1954. Write the front-page headline and lead story for your local newspaper. Use poster board or multi-media to display students' stories — contrasted against the front page that actually ran in your community newspaper.