Brown v. Board and the Civil Rights Movement

Fifty-one years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education ruling, clearing the way for the eventual desegregation of the nation’s schools. But, the transition was far from easy, according to Michael Klarman, a professor of history at the University of Virginia and the author of From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality.” On May 9, Klarman spoke at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library on Market Street as part of UVa’s Engaging the Mind series.