WASHINGTON, DC – May 18, 2019 — Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement on May 17th, the 65th Anniversary of the landmark decision in Brown vs. the Board of Education:
“Sixty-five years ago today, in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision, the Supreme Court struck down the doctrine of ‘separate but equal,’ determining it was inherently unequal and unconstitutional. This ruling was instrumental in launching the civil rights movement that led to desegregation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“But 65 years later, we still have a long way to go in the fight for equality. Unsurprisingly, the work of the civil rights movement, and much of the progress made in the education field, is in jeopardy today due to the Trump Administration. As Americans, it is our duty to ensure all children attend schools that are free from discrimination, and that students, regardless of race, gender, faith, or sexual orientation, have equal access to a quality education. On this anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, we must rededicate ourselves to the fight against discrimination and the promotion of educational equality.”
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SOURCE: Bryant Daniels, Communications & Deputy District Director, Congressman Eliot L. Engel