09/18/03 18:24:04 GOVERNOR DAVIS SIGNS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING THE BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMISSION 09/18/2003
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GOVERNOR DAVIS SIGNS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING THE BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMISSION 09/18/2003 SACRAMENTO
Governor Gray Davis has signed legislation establishing an advisory commission with the goal of ensuring that the State of California properly addresses the historical significance of the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the 50th anniversary of the ruling.
"The Brown v. the Board of Education ruling is a major landmark in our country's struggle for civil rights," Governor Davis said. "This bill allows us to include our schools in an appropriate commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the decision."
AB 648 by Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton) requires the Commission to develop three alternative ways to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in a manner that appropriately involves the public school system. The bill requires the Commission to provide the three alternatives to the Department of Education, which will select one.
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas case. The court unanimously overruled the "separate but equal" doctrine of Plessy v. Ferguson, holding for the first time that segregation in the public schools violated the principal of equal protection under the law guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.