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White House Commemorates Brown v. Board of Education Anniversary

Sat, 17 May 2014 02:01:57 +0000

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration honored the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education, with the President meeting the families of some of the plaintiffs Friday.

The landmark case declared segregated schools unconstitutional in 1954, forcing them to integrate.

"The President feels, as I think so many people do around the country, that this decision was historic," said White House spokesperson Jay Carney. "That it enabled millions of Americans to get a better education."

Work is not done, however, according to Attorney General Eric Holder, who said schools are still segregated. The case is particularly evident in many cities where wealthier taxpayers have moved, leaving poor minorities in schools with fewer resources.

"We are moving in a variety of ways to dismantle racial barriers and to promote inclusion from America's classrooms, to our boardrooms, to our voting booths and far beyond," Holder said.

"So long as I have the privilege of serving as Attorney General of the United States, this Justice Department will never, never stop working to expand the promise of a nation where everyone has the same opportunity to grow, to contribute and ultimately to succeed."

First Lady Michelle Obama will speak Friday in Topeka, Kansas, where 13 African-American parents fought on behalf of their 20 children to attend a white school.

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