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Senate passes bill that would expand recognition of impact of Brown v. Board of Education decision

Washington, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Senate passed innovative legislation that creates multiple National Park Service (NPS) designations that help share the full history of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, which led to the end of the separate but equal doctrine in public education and mandated the desegregation of public schools. The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Expansion Act (S. 270, H.R. 920) featured in a multi-year National Trust campaign, has been led by House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) in the House and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) in the Senate.

The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision has been described by constitutional scholar Louis H. Pollak as " the most important American government act of any kind since the Emancipation Proclamation.” Brown v. Board overturned Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 ruling that established segregation through the doctrine of “separate but equal.”

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