Today is the 57th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision Brown vs Board of Education. The decision was argued by Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall who would later go on to become the first African-American appointed to the Supreme Court. The court ruled unanimously that segregation of public schools “solely on the basis of race” denied black children “equal educational opportunity” even though they may have equal tangible, physical, or material facilities. It was ruled that separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.
While higher education and academia aren’t for everyone, all should have equal and unhindered access to the institutions that facilitate learning at all levels grade school through the university.