Rep. Brenda Carter (D-Pontiac) stands at a podium speaking about the 70th Anniversary of Brown v Board of Education May 15, 2024

State Rep. Brenda Carter (D-Pontiac) introduces a resolution on the House floor for the 70th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, May 15, 2024. Also pictured: State Reps. Cynthia Neeley (D-Flint), Amos O’neal (D-Saginaw), Stephanie A. Young (D-Detroit), Helena Scott (D-Detroit), Felicia Brabec (D-Ann Arbor) and Donavan McKinney (D-Detroit).

LANSING, Mich.May 16, 2024 — State Rep. Brenda Carter (D-Pontiac) introduced a resolution yesterday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. On May 17, 1954, Thurgood Marshall and his legal team of scholars successfully won the U.S. Supreme Court case, ending racial segregation in public schools.

Carter issued the following statement on the 70th anniversary:

“I can speak from experience about being in racially segregated schools. I can readily remember the social and educational shifts, because I lived through it. Even today, I still have scars to heal from being treated as less than while in school because of the color of my skin. This is why I fight every day for the next generation to have equal access and opportunity both in and outside the classroom. We’ve come a long way since Brown v. Board of Education, and even today, we’ve still got a long way to go.”

According to the Legal Defense Fund (LDF), the nation’s first civil and human rights law firm, started by Justice Thurgood Marshall, over 200 school desegregation cases remain open on federal court dockets; the LDF alone has nearly 100 of these cases.