The 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education | WYPR

The 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

May 14, 2014

In one of the most historic court rulings in American history, the Supreme Court declared separate but equal public school systems to be unconstitutional. On the eve of its 60th anniversary, we look at the historic significance of Brown v. Board, and at how the decision played out in Maryland. Our guests: University of Maryland Law School professor Larry Gibson, author of "Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice," Kurt L. Schmoke, former Baltimore mayor and the recently named president of the University of Baltimore; and Howell Baum, author of "Brown in Baltimore: School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism." Also, we hear from Hampstead Hill Academy students Aaron Sutton, Cindy Ibarra, Sara Florez, Kayla Sims, Samuel Mitchell, and Austin Korycki, about what they think about race in education today.

Before he was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall represented the plaintiffs in the Brown v. Board of Education case on behalf of the NAACP.