May 17, 1954, in the case of Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, the U.S. Supreme Court ended federally-sanctioned racial segregation in the public schools by ruling unanimously that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." The Court overturned Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which declared separate but equal facilities constitutional, but also provided the legal foundation of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The 50th anniversary of the Brown Decision will be 'celebrated' in 2004. There's a long history of fighting for equal rights by African Americans that led up to the 1954 Court decision and it's worth taking time to read about it and to teach our children about it. As a result, schools and communities can no longer practice "legal" segregation although segregation to some extent, continues to exist today. Desegregation has had a major impact on this nation, but particularly on the African American community. In my personal view, its not all been positive or favorable. African Americans gave up a lot to gain so little. We still see strong evidence where racial groups submit to voluntary segregation simply because people feel more comfortable interacting with others like them. That will probably never change as long as racism continues to be practiced and allowed to thrive in this country. If you could turn back the hands of time, knowing what you know now, would you have been a supporter of desegregation or would you have taken the position and argued in favor of "separate but equal"?