May 17, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement in honor of the 65th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka:
“Sixty-five years ago, the Supreme Court unlocked the doors of opportunity, and unanimously declared in Brown v. Board of Education that ‘the doctrine of separate but equal has no place’ in our nation’s public schools. Despite great progress in our fight to honor the spirit of one of the most groundbreaking court decisions, we continue to struggle to overcome generations of systemic injustice and inequality, combatting new threats to the promise of a free, quality public education for all.
“In the decades since the momentous victory in Brown v. Board, Democrats have worked tirelessly to bring equity to our nation’s schools, bridging the divide between poverty and possibility for all of America’s children. We know that to fully close the opportunity gap, we must first close the education gap that disproportionately impacts students of color and low-income families. Yet, from day one, the Trump Administration has been relentless in its efforts to pull out the rug from under America’s students, undermining core civil rights protections in our public schools designed to increase diversity, improve student outcomes and keep our children safe.
“After 65 years, our nation continues to battle segregation and work to diminish inequities in our education system. Guided by the extraordinary leadership of Chairman Bobby Scott, Democrats are hard at work combatting the Trump Administration’s shameful assaults on public education and advancing bold legislation to strengthen our schools, our educators and our communities. Together, we will fight to ensure that every student, regardless of their zip code, has the tools they need to achieve their dreams and succeed in the 21st Century economy.”