Summary Of Something Must Be Done About Prince

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Kayla Green
Dr. Anne Durst
EDFND 243-02
March 25, 2018
Reading Analysis Three Up until 1954, southern schools in the United States were segregated by race. These schools were legally segregated due to the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling in 1896, stating that black and white institutions can be separate, as long as they are equal. For decades the NAACP fought for black students to have an equal education. Their hard work paid off in 1954, when the ruling of the Brown v. Board of Education ruled that this segregation was unconstitutional. Even after Plessy v. Ferguson, there were many ways that separate schools were very unequal. In Kristen Green’s novel, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, she displays some of these inequalities. …show more content…

The black parents were aware of this overcrowding and addressed it. It took several years for the school board to take action and when they did, it made no difference. She describes the impact of Moton High school being over capacity, “The overcrowding at Moton forced teachers to hold classes in the auditorium…they even led classes in parked school buses” (Green 39). This overcrowding was even after the school for blacks received two additional classrooms. She also talks about the unequal facilities, “It didn’t have a gym, a cafeteria, a science laboratory, or locker rooms. Many of the black high school’s resources were hand me downs…since the black students couldn’t fit on one bus, some children routinely missed their first class,” (Green 39). This was not the case at the white school six blocks away. If the separated schools were equal, Moton would not have had dilapidated buses, nearly 75 kids per classroom, or a lack of facilities. In the white high school, if this issue had …show more content…

Thurgood Marshall, a lawyer for the NAACP, would make a huge impact taking on the Prince Edward case. According to Green, “Marshall saw schools as the entry point for ending all segregation and was looking for a case to take to the Supreme Court,” (Green 46). The NAACP’s strategy for getting the Supreme Court was to choose cases that were well documented and clearly displayed the impact that segregation had on black students. The case of Prince Edward County would be combined with four other cases under Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. The combination of these cases provided clear evidence to prove just how unequal sperate schools

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