The Brown vs Board of Education decision has been seen by many historians as a key moment in the Civil Rights movement, setting a benchmark on what can be achieved through the legal court system. The actions of Oliver Brown, a black parent who objected to the fact his daughter Linda was denied entry to an all-white school and had to travel a mile to go to an all-black school, demonstrated that the methods of taking issues through the Supreme Court could get a ruling in their favour, highlighting the significance of the event. However the Brown decision did have its faults and its results were not as far reaching. Showing it may not be that significant. Discrimination in education continued to happen. One can use as evidence an incident in Little Rock in 1957 when racism was demonstrated by White people when the ‘little rock nine’ were denied entry to an integrated school.
In conclusion we cannot exaggerate the significance of Brown as it was limited in its impact on the Civil Rights Movement. It did not end racism overnight as it still was evident at Little Rock in 1957 with the abuse hurled by white men and women when students tried to enter school and also receiving racist abuse by White Northerners as Black citizens moved to the North where less places were segregated (Dierenfield). The ruling made by the Supreme Court had an impact on paper but was less effective when people disobeyed it. It didn’t stop White councils popping up or a Southern manifesto highlighting their determination to stop integration. More was needed to make sure Black citizens were protected.