School integration did not begin for many black children until 10 years later following the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and integration and racial inequality in schools remain a much-discussed issue to this day.
Brown v. Board of Education is an important case; it was the precedent to overturn other laws mandating or permitting segregation. While racial inequality in America's schools continues, Brown v. Board of Education helped to spark the Civil Rights movement, and began a long journey for equality of the educational system in America.
Sixty-seven years since this landmark decision, school segregation is still an ongoing issue. The average Black or Hispanic student attends a school that is less than 30% White; meanwhile, the average White student attends schools that are 70% white. School segregation today is less about laws that deny access to schools and is more a result of economic and housing segregation across the country. In order to truly address school segregation, we need to confront the racial inequalities of poverty and the wealth gap.
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