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This year, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared school segregation unconstitutional. This online package combines stories, photos, audio interviews and important historical information that explains how the court ruling changed the course of the nation. The package includes compelling stories from real people who were affected by one Virginia county's decision to close its public schools rather than comply with the Supreme Court's decision. And it features an interactive timeline that charts the nation's history with desegregation.

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Court decision changed lives for blacks in rural community

Four Farmville, Va., residents recall how the Brown ruling affected them. Read their stories and listen to audio comments in an interactive gallery of vignettes. (Audio requires Flash. High-speed connection recommended.)

Interactive timeline: Desegregation moves forward and back

From the 1950s to today, learn about key events that helped to define the struggle by black Americans for equality in education. (Requires Flash.)



Students share their views about race and school integration

In audio interviews, students from the Louisville, Ky., area say they value diversity but note that self-segregation is common. (Audio requires Flash. High-speed connection recommended.)

Museum exhibits offer lessons about significance of Brown case

Brown fueled a wider battle for civil rights and helped end legal segregation in all aspects of American life. Check out a roundup of museum exhibits commemorating Brown and the civil rights movement.

Internet chock full of Brown resources

Browse a list of sites where you can learn more about the legacy of the Brown decision.



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