On this day in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered the unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education. In it, the Court declared that state-sanctioned segregation of public schools was a violation of the 14th Amendment and was therefore unconstitutional. This historic decision marked the end of the "separate but equal" precedent established nearly sixty years earlier in Plessy v. Ferguson and served as a catalyst for the expanding civil rights movement.
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