In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, this day in 1954. This ruling concluded that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional. The historic decision, which brought an end to federal tolerance of racial segregation, specifically dealt with Linda Brown, a young African American girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, because of the color of her skin. The Brown v. Board of Education decision served to greatly motivate the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and ultimately led to the abolition of racial segregation in all public facilities and accommodations.
So the case of racial discrimination is settled once and for all, right? Actually, no. I agree with President Obama, who said last week that racial tensions are better than during the last generation, but we aren’t where we need to be yet. Here’s why. The Supreme Court is less powerful than the Supreme Being. The Court can only affect our actions, while the Being can change our hearts.
I am grateful for the ruling of May 16, 1954. But until God is given control of man’s heart, nothing the Court ever does will bring real healing and restoration to any society.