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Boyds Negro School
photo courtesy Boyds Clarksburg Historical Society)
2004, marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. The 1954 ruling declared that segregating students "solely on
the basis of race" denied black students equal educational opportunities.
This report takes a look back at life for
black students half a century ago and compares it to their plight today. What gains have been made?
of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism
April 2, 2004; Last updated
May 21, 2004.
Special Report produced by Charmere Gatson. Edited
for the Web by Chris Harvey. Edited for TV by Dave Burns. Edited for print
(CNS stories) by Steve Crane.
Banner photo courtesy Joseph Douglas Collection, Kansas Collection, Spencer
Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries