Today, I celebrate the birthday of Baltimore-born Thurgood Marshall. I do this by reenacting the words Thurgood Marshall spoke before the highest court in the land demanding that blacks be given the equality that every citizen of this nation deserved. In 2019, when the nation's school still are experiencing some of those same deficiencies that were prevalent in 1953. I find it appropriate to bring Justice Marshall's words on that fateful day in December 1953. Last week, as well as this week the words that separated the nation regarding school segregation are still on the headlines of online news sites. You hear the candidates talking about busing yet ignoring the real basis of the argument, our children of color and economic deprivation are still receiving a second-class education in a so-called first-classed nation.
I'm sure that Thurgood Marshall would be thoroughly disgusted not only with the discussion but also with the fact that no meaningful solution to this ever-present problem has been presented. No legion of yellow buses will solve the problems confronting America's public system today. Nor will the economic privatization of the public urban schools deliver the solution either. Until this nation decides that children are valued more than military drones and tanks will America begin to solve the issues present in our urban schools today.
Thurgood Marshall felt that if whites and black children were educated together in an equal atmosphere of learning environments. The racial walls that separated each of them would tumble down and equality of all would be built up. However, Thurgood Marshall couldn't foresee that white and black middle-class families would leave in mass away from those urban enclaves. Now, we have urban school systems clustered with the most struggling elements of society forced into dilapidated schools with minimal resources. So, on the 111th birthday of Thurgood Marshall let me revisit his argument to the US Supreme Court that was successful but the reality of the implementation of a fully integrated society has been and continues to be an abject failure.
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Sixty-five years ago on a brisk fall morning, December 8, 1953, the course of American History was changed as a team of legalese from the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP) approached the doors of the highest court in the land. At issue the doctrine of separate but equal between the races of black and white in this nation. The doctrine was established in the case of Plessy vs. Ferguson, 1896 which mandated that segregation of the races was the law of the land.
This doctrine, however, was being challenged by Oliver Brown and the NAACP against the Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas. You see the segregation of the public schools was not only within the bounds of the laws of this nation but it had been legally endorsed by the highest courts and laws in the land. So from Beacon Hill to Stone Mountain Georgia, from the Nation’s Capitol to the ex-capitol of Dixie, from Dallas to Detroit, from every molehill and township of the supposed democratic symbol of freedom of the world segregation ran supreme and bigotry festered every second of every day in the United States of America.
Until this day, December 8, 1953, when a tall lanky attorney from Baltimore City, Maryland who was raised in the bastion of segregation stepped before the jurists of the Supreme Court and made his plea for the abolishment of segregation in all public schools in this country. What follows are today’s in their words my voice, the late, great, dynamic, and honorable former Justice of the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall, who on that day represented every black person in the United States who were suffering, or had suffered by this vicious mandate of injustice.