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Friday, May 16, 2014

60 Years After Brown V. Board of Education, A Look At Desegregation

George E.C. Hayes, left, Thurgood Marshall, center, and James M. Nabrit join hands as they pose outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., May 17, 1954. The three lawyers led the fight for abolition of segregation in public schools before the Supreme Court, which ruled today that segregation is unconstitutional. (AP)

George E.C. Hayes, left, Thurgood Marshall, center, and James M. Nabrit, who led the fight for abolition of segregation in public schools before the U.S. Supreme Court, pose outside the court on May 17, 1954, after it ruled that segregation is unconstitutional. (AP)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal ruling Brown v. Board of Education that stated separate but equal public education was unconstitutional, turns 60 on May 17.

Desegregation did not come easily to most parts of the U.S., especially in the South.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks to two Southern educators, one white and one black.

Cindi Chance is dean of education at the College of Education at Georgia Regents University. Vivian Gunn Morris is a professor and assistant dean at the University of Memphis.

Chance and Morris discuss their experiences growing up in segregated schools and how they believe desegregation affected education and race relations — then and now.

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