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Mini-DBQ: Brown v. Board of Education and a New Justice

Historical Context

Brown v. Board of Education ruled that “separate but equal” was unconstitutional, overturning the Jim Crow policies made legal by Plessy v. Ferguson. The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, ruled to desegregate public schools. African Americans broke the ground for other minorities to achieve equal rights through protest movements.

Question

How did the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education pave the way for a new level of justice for all?