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Brown V. Board of Education

Location: Washington DC


Mr. GRAHAM of South Carolina. Mr. President, I rise today in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education which declared separate but equal unconstitutional. I believe that ensuring that our public schools are open to everyone is a great equalizer in America.

I will soon be turning 49, and I know that having an integrated school system has enriched my generation by allowing all of us in South Carolina to learn, socialize, and compete together in a public school setting.

The brave men and women who fought to end the segregation of public schools have done a great service to South Carolina and our nation. It is appropriate they be honored accordingly and all of us should commit ourselves to build upon their legacy.

I join you and my colleagues in the U.S. Senate in commemorating this historic decision.

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