Buffalo’s Role in Historic Decision

Roy Jones, a distinguished professor at Clemson University, has extensively researched the events leading to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that revolutionized American education. On May 17, 1954, the Court declared “separate but equal” unconstitutional, a decision heralded as a pivotal moment for Black Americans’ full citizenship. Jones, an expert on Briggs v. Elliott, a precursor to Brown v. Board, chose Buffalo for the anniversary, citing its significance in civil rights history. He joins speakers at the DeLaine Waring AME Church, a symbol tied to the struggle for equality. The church, founded by Rev. Joseph DeLaine Sr., echoes the bravery of individuals like J. Waties Waring, whose advocacy shaped Brown v. Board. Jones emphasizes Buffalo’s role in commemorating this history, emphasizing the ongoing fight for justice. The event, featuring local leaders and scholars, underscores the importance of collective action in confronting societal challenges.

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