The Supreme Court ruling on Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas stated that separating children in public schools because of race was unconstitutional, and remanded to the District Court to “admit to public schools on a racially nondiscriminatory basis with all deliberate speed the parties to this case” as per Mr. Chief Justice Warren, on May 31, 1955.
May 17, 1954
The town of Sheridan, Arkansas announced that it would desegregate in the fall, but cancelled its decision because of public protest.
August 23, 1954
The small community of Charleston, Arkansas became the first in the South to end segregation in its schools. When the school board had met in July, the vote was unanimous.
September 7, 1954
Fayetteville, Arkansas was next in line to integrate its high school.
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