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This brief article describes the Topeka Board of Education's decision to desegregate elementary schools (junior high and high schools were already integrated). It also mentions that the board approved the bus contract that transported African American students to segregated schools across town. At this time there were only four black elementary schools in Topeka, so some students had to travel great distances to attend school. This decision was made while the court case Brown v. Board of Education was still pending a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. On May 17, 1954 the Supreme Court would rule that segregated schools were unconstitutional and must be integrated "with all deliberate speed."

Creator: Topeka Capital
Date: September 4, 1953

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Students can use this source to discuss how the Topeka school board was attempting to deal with the issues raised by Oliver Brown and the other plaintiffs of the local desegregation case. Also, it could be used to generate discussion about what the phrase "as soon as practicable" means and how it could be interpreted in a multitude of ways.

KS:11th:3.1:Brown v. Board (2005)

Item Number: 211811
Call Number: K326 Negroes Clippings, v. 8
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 211811

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