Attorney General Delivers Remarks on 70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Reflects on Legacy and Urgency of Desegregation Efforts

In a speech delivered at the Justice Department’s Great Hall, the Attorney General marked the 70th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

He underscored the significance of the ruling in dismantling segregation in public education and reaffirmed the Department’s commitment to upholding its principles.

Honoring Courage and Advocacy

The Attorney General paid tribute to the plaintiffs and advocates who played pivotal roles in the Brown case, including parents and students who bravely challenged the injustices of segregated schooling.

He highlighted the stories of individuals like Barbara Johns and the New Orleans Four, emphasizing their courage in confronting systemic discrimination.

Acknowledging Ongoing Challenges

While celebrating the progress made since Brown, the Attorney General acknowledged the persistent challenges in achieving educational equity.

He recounted instances of racial disparities and discrimination in modern-day schooling, emphasizing the urgent need for continued vigilance and action to address systemic inequities.

Urgent Call to Action

Expressing gratitude for the dedication of Justice Department staff and partners, the Attorney General issued a call to action for sustained efforts to advance desegregation and ensure equal educational opportunities for all students.

He highlighted ongoing initiatives, partnerships, and legal actions aimed at promoting diversity, inclusion, and justice in schools nationwide.

Partnership and Collaboration

The Attorney General underscored the importance of collaboration between the Justice Department and other stakeholders, including the Department of Education, civil rights organizations, and grassroots advocates.

He praised the role of students and young activists in driving progress and reaffirmed the Department’s commitment to working alongside them in the pursuit of educational justice.

Looking Ahead

As the nation commemorated the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, the Attorney General emphasized the ongoing nature of the struggle for educational equality.

He affirmed the Justice Department’s resolve to continue its efforts in upholding the principles of Brown and ensuring that every child has access to quality education, free from discrimination and inequality.

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