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Brown v. Board of Education Lesson Collection

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Brown v. Board of Education Lesson Collection


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On May 17, 1954 the Brown v. Board of Education decision was made. This landmark Supreme Court decision declared that laws establishing separate public schools for black and white children were unconstitutional. The Brown v. Board of Education ruling overturned the Plessy v. Ferguson decision of 1896, which allowed state-sponsored segregation in public schools. To support teachers as they commemorate this important anniversary in their classes, the Share My Lesson team has selected a variety of free lesson plans, educational resources and classroom materials about equity, particularly in schools.

Brown was a huge step toward justice but far from a cure-all. Learn more about the inequitable conditions we continue to fight against in public schools today in this blog post, New Journey for Justice Report Shows How We're Failing Brown v. Board via the Schott Foundation.

Background Reading: Before Brown v. Board of Education, there was Méndez v. Westminsters. Read this blog from via the Library of Congress.

Educating for Democratic Citizenship

The Shanker Institute in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, Share My Lesson the and the AFT Innovation Fund has launched this Educating for Democratic Citizenship Project whereby a group of accomplished, experienced AFT educators have developed these Action Civics lessons and materials that we hope will improve teaching and learning of American History, Government, and Civics for teachers and students.