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In Washington, DC in 1954 there were two important Supreme Court decisions reached on the same day in May. The decisions were Bolling v Sharpe and Brown v Board of Education. The two decisions changed how public school education was practiced in America.

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the President of the United States and Earl Warren was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

 

The lead plaintiff attorney on Bolling v Sharpe was George Edward Hayes. The case was argued on the 5th Amendment (Equal Protection Clause), thus setting up the theory of “reverse incorporation”.

 

The lead attorney for the plaintiffs in Brown v Board of Education was future Supreme Court Justice, the great Thurgood ...

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