Friday, May 16, 2014

Brown v Board of Education

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 15, 2014
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May 17, 1954, marked a turning point in America's journey toward a more perfect Union. On that day, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing racial segregation in our Nation's schools. Brown overturned the doctrine of "separate but equal," which the Court had established in the 1896 case of Plessy v. Ferguson. For more than half a century, Plessy gave constitutional backing to discrimination, and civil rights organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People faced an uphill battle as they sought equality, opportunity, and justice under the law.

Brown v. Board of Education shifted the legal and moral compass of our Nation. It declared that education "must be made available to all on equal terms" and demanded that America's promise exclude no one. Yet the Supreme Court alone could not destroy segregation. Brown had unlocked the schoolhouse doors, but even years later, African-American children braved mobs as they walked to school, while U.S. Marshals kept the peace. From lunch counters and city streets to buses and ballot boxes, American citizens struggled to realize their basic rights. the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Thanks to the men and women who fought for equality in the courtroom, the legislature, and the hearts and minds of tA decade after the Court's ruling, Brown's moral guidance was translated into the enforcement measures of he American people, we have confined legalized segregation to the dustbin of history. Yet today, the hope and promise of Brown remains unfulfilled. In the years to come, we must continue striving toward equal opportunities for all our children, from access to advanced classes to participation in the same extracurricular activities. Because when children learn and play together, they grow, build, and thrive together.

On the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, let us heed the words of Justice Thurgood Marshall, who so ably argued the case against segregation, "None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody...bent down and helped us pick up our boots." Let us march together, meet our obligations to one another, and remember that progress has never come easily -- but even in the face of impossible odds, those who love their country can change it.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 17, 2014, as the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that celebrate this landmark decision and advance the causes of equality and opportunity for all.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.



Anonymous said...

Fayette Schools Parents

Ask questions about Nathan Levenson

Please!!!! He is impacting ed policy in Lexington

Anonymous said...

Who is Nathan Levenson? What is the for-profit District Management Council? What is his relation to Dr. Tom Shelton of Fayettye Schools?

Anonymous said...

As a parent, I watched last night's discussions with great interest. It is clear that Dr. Shelton's supporters are the city elites. Each person who spoke on Shelton's behalf had enormous political clout. His supporters ranged from a prominent preacher to the owner of a restaurant franchise. Speaking against Shelton were parents who knew about the secret contract at the Steem Academy and local representatives from the teachers; organization, KEA.

By far ten most bizarre spectacle was Melissa Bacon, who, as my son said after his Lafayette choral group performed, behaved like June Cleaver giving syrupy praise to the performers. As my son said, if she likes the arts so much, why is she supporting Dr. Shelton's budget?

Bacon seems to me to be very passive aggressive. She twice yelled "You are out of order." I am not certain anyone said anything that needed this response. Am I wrong here?

Richard, who is this Nathan Levensen? I'm not following the thread. Did his name come up last night? If so, I don't know who he is.