The United States Supreme Court delivered its epochal opinion in the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka on May 17, 1954. Chief Justice Earl Warren, only recently confirmed by the senate, read the unanimous decision, which held that "in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place." The plaintiffs in the suit, subjected to racially segregated systems of education, were thereby "deprived of the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment." But then the court postponed implementing its decree to hear more arguments in the next session on the question of when and how segregation should end.
Tomerlin, Joseph A.
"Florida Whites and the Brown Decision of 1954,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 51:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol51/iss1/4