The United States is approaching the golden anniversary of a civil rights milestone. Fifty years ago, in the landmark case of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the United States Supreme Court ruled segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
On May 17, 1954, Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote a unanimous Supreme Court decision that read, "In the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
Even after this landmark decision, desegregation was slow to take hold. In 1964, a decade after the decision, less than two percent of formerly segregated school districts had even started the process of desegregation.