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Students from Boyds Negro School
Boyds Negro School students (Archival photo courtesy Boyds Clarksburg Historical Society)

May 17, 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?



Copyright 2004 University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Published 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 

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