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60 Years After Brown v. Board, Texas Democrats Reflect on Progress and What's Left to be Done

by: Katie Singh

Sat May 17, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

It was 60 years ago today that the United States Supreme Court handed down the historic decision in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, ruling that separate facilities were inherently unequal, effectively outlawing segregation in public spaces across America.

The ruling was a landmark case in civil rights, and ushered in a period of school desegregation around the country. Yet, although segregation has now been illegal for 60 years, there is still a great deal of work to be done.

This is especially true here in Texas. Three Texas cities--Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio--still rank among the top 10 most segregated public school districts in the country. In order to truly achieve equality in our schools, Texans must continue to work to give all children the chance for a quality public education.

Texas Democrats are acutely aware of this, and have made it part of their mission to address the growing levels of inequality in Texas. They used this day to reflect on the past and recommit themselves to the future.

Read the Texas Democratic Party's reflection on Brown v. Board of Education after the jump.

On this historic anniversary, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released a statement on Brown's legacy in Texas:

"The landmark decision of Brown v. Board of Education was supposed to put an end to separate and unequal public schools, but justice is rarely granted on any one given day. Today, Texas students are still being denied the equal resources they need and deserve. We honor the legacy of those that fought for justice and keep our promise to all Texans by fighting every day so that our children are first and we all invest in a fair and equal education system.

No matter the color of your skin, gender, whom you love, or where you come from, every Texan deserves a fair shot at their dream, that's the Texas promise. Texas Democrats are committed to fulfilling that promise."

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