"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of
WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
around 60 years old or better, you probably remember a day when "separate but
equal" was the norm.
have seen pictures of water fountains or rest rooms labeled "whites only."
know that African-Americans had to sit in the balconies of movie theatres, or
that they were restricted to "the back of the bus."
years ago this month, that began to change.
Warren Supreme Court unanimously ruled that "separate but equal" was inherently
The case is
known as "Brown versus the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas."
said that even if black school facilities and teachers actually were
equal in quality to their white counterparts,
that black students should be segregated from their white peers was both
harmful and a violation of their "equal protection" rights.
Court's decision in May of 1954 was just the beginning of a long battle to
bring equality in treatment to the races.
One that is
still not finished even today.
But it was
a historical and long overdue beginning.
you to join us for a special program on the subject.
hosts "Brown at 60," Wednesday, May 14th at 7:30, here on WBTV.