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Washington Post leads with end of school segregation: 1954 | by Washington Area Spark
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Washington Post leads with end of school segregation: 1954

The May 18, 1954 Washington Post leads with the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that outlawed school segregation, including the Bolling v. Sharpe decision that ended Jim Crow in District of Columbia public schools.


The impetus for the Bolling decision began in 1947 when the Consolidated Parents Group led a boycott of deplorable conditions at the segregated Browne Junior High School on Benning Road NE.


The subsequent events gave rise the Bolling v. Sharpe suit that broke new ground in interpreting the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution and the meaning of “due process.” The other major cases were decided on the 14th Amendment’s “equal protection” clause.


Bolling v. Sharpe was the only major school case that was brought outside the NAACP team and argued without their assistance.


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Taken on May 18, 1954