Courts in the Classroom
Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Court History and
Public Education Programs
2011 Outstanding Public
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
The Court provides a program in celebration of Law Day (May 1) each year. For the past several years, the theme has focused on the case that came to be known as Brown v. Board of Education which was actually the name given to five separate cases that were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the issue of segregation in public schools. While the facts of each case were different, the main issue in each was the constitutionality of state-sponsored segregation in public schools.
On May 17, 1954, Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered the unanimous opinion of the court declaring that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
"We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
In a related case, the Supreme Court would later order that desegregation proceed "with all deliberate speed."
We invite classroom teachers, home school groups, history clubs, and so forth to contact sarah.kidwell@courts.IN.gov if you are interested in participating in future programs.
The Indiana Supreme Court held back-to-back productions of its interactive drama "Brown v. Board of Education" on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:00am and 11:30am. Get details for this production.