Road to brown

Brown versus the Board of education is arguably the most important case in ending the Jim Crow laws. There were many cases that had to occur for Brown versus the Board of education to even be a possible victory. Several cases prior to Brown’s case opened the road to victory.  The case of Plessy versus Ferguson was the first to test the new laws of segregation. Homer Plessy was arrested after boarding a train and sitting in the white cab. As the Supreme Court ruled against him, “separate but equal” took on a new meaning. Things such as the storage of school books in Florida were segregated. I believe it became out of control. Whites were segregating everything they could think of just to keep their power.  In 1949 Charles Houston expressed hope for the future. He played a huge role in fighting segregation. He was a Harvard educated lawyer and editor of the Harvard Law Journal. A big advantage Houston had was that he understood separate but equal would not work. Houston graduated at the top of his class and was very clever. He proceeded to fight in World War I as an officer but this did not protect him from the Jim Crow Laws. When he returned back to America after fighting of lynch mobs of white soldiers he decided he wanted to fight for his race. He gathered other lawyers to help him in his fight against Jim Crow. With the newly formed NAACP behind him, Charles Houston went after local and state victories first.I chose to watch this documentary because it is different than the ones we are doing in class. This film is a recreation of something that happened in the past. It was extremely informative and kept me interested even though it is more of an educational piece.

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