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Brown v. Board of Education Ruling

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. A commentary on the ruling explores the differing theories on integration at the time.

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  • Brown v. Board of Education Ruling
    Brown v. Board of Education Ruling

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    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. A commentary on the ruling explores the differing theories on integration at the time.

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  • Eisenhower Intervenes in Little Rock Crisis
    Eisenhower Intervenes in Little Rock Crisis

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    President Dwight D. Eisenhower is forced to take action when nine African-American students are prevented from entering Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In a broadcast to the nation on September 24, 1957, the president explains his decision to order Federal troops to Little Rock to ensure that the students are allowed access to the school, as mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

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  • Joseph Biden on the Thomas-Hill Sexual Harassment Hearings
    Joseph Biden on the Thomas-Hill Sexual Harassment Hearings

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    Just days before the final vote confirming Judge Clarence Thomas' appointment to the Supreme Court, Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Thomas were leaked to the press, prompting the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold investigative hearings from October 11 to 13, 1991. Chairman Sen. Joseph Biden defends the committee against criticism that the accusations were not addressed prior to the leak.

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  • Adam Clayton Powell Rallies Congregation
    Adam Clayton Powell Rallies Congregation

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    In a 1967 sermon, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., pastor and congressman from Harlem, New York City, reaches out to the downtrodden and depressed with his "keep the faith, baby" slogan.

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  • NAACP's Walter White Decries Racial Inequality
    NAACP's Walter White Decries Racial Inequality

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    On June 29, 1947, at the closing session of the 38th annual conference for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Walter F. White, the organization’s executive secretary, warns that despite progress made in civil rights, true equality can’t be achieved with a "separate but equal" mandate.

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  • Nelson Mandela Gathers Support to Abolish Apartheid
    Nelson Mandela Gathers Support to Abolish Apartheid

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    After being held for 27 years as a political prisoner, the newly freed Nelson Mandela stands before the United Nations on June 22, 1990. As deputy president of the African National Congress, Mandela delivers a speech to the Special Committee Against Apartheid and calls for continued economic sanctions against South Africa to help force an end to segregation.

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have A Dream
    Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have A Dream

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    We are unable to offer the full ''I Have a Dream'' speech, the rights to which are controlled by the Estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    To view a full transcript of this and other speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit The Kings Papers Project Web site.

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  • George Wallace Opposes Integration
    George Wallace Opposes Integration

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    Newsreel footage of former Alabama Governor George Wallace standing against desegregation while being confronted by federal authorities at the University of Alabama in 1963.

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