Brown v. Board of Education

May 18, 2023

In 1954, the Supreme Court declared that “separate but equal” was unconstitutional, paving the way for the Civil Rights Act. At Disability Rights Tennessee, we recognize today as monumental, not only for Black rights in the United States but also for disability rights. This decision laid the groundwork for an integrated public education for all citizens.

We have compiled some resources for you to learn more about Brown vs. Board of Education, its effect on Civil Rights, and the disability community.

SourceTitle + Link
National ArchivesBrown v. Board of Education (1954)
Legal Defense FundBrown v Board of Education
American Constitution SocietyPrivate: The Meaning of Brown for Children with Disabilities

Although we have come a long way since the Brown v. Board of Education decision, there is still more to do. There are still challenges and barriers for students within the education system. We hope you found these resources useful!

As always, we are hard at work protecting the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities. We have resources focused on education linked here. If you or a loved one need help contact us at 1-800-342-1660 or

Further reading on this topic for those interested:

Time | How Public Schools Cherry-Pick Their Students

The 74 Interview: Education Advocate Juontel White on Schools’ Enduring Inequalities 69 Years After Brown v. Board