Law Day and the 60th Anniversary of
Brown v. Board of Education
Lively, civil discussion is the hallmark of Law Day, which is celebrated every year on May 1 and throughout the month.
The 2014 Law Day theme focuses on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. This landmark case is an example of how the Fourteenth, Amendment, which promises “equal protection of the laws ” changed the course of public education.
Celebrate Law Day and the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education throughout May with a readers theater presentation that gives voice to some of the little-known but historic figures involved in the case.
Brown v. Board of Education Background
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Brown v. Board of Education and said that public education is “the very foundation of good citizenship.” Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote in the opinion that schools prepare young people for higher education, careers, and the responsibilities of citizenship. In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court declared that access to education is “a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.”