In Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously concluded that the doctrine of “separate but equal” had no place in public education. That decision on May 17, 1954 initiated educational reform throughout the country and was a catalyst in launching the modern Civil Rights movement. Though Brown signaled the beginning of the end of de jure segregation in the United States, events since reveal that – one-half century later – the work is far from complete. On Friday, October 10, 2003, scholars, students, and practitioners joined together at Saint Louis University School of Law for a full-day conference to consider the legacy of Brown and its impact on the whole of American society and jurisprudence.
Malkus, Dana, Brown v. Board of Education: 50 Years Later. St. Louis Brief, Fall 2003.