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120 Years After SCOTUS Plessy v. Ferguson Decision



120 years ago today (5.18), the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a seven-to-one decision in Plessy versus Ferguson effectively beginning the Jim Crow era. While much has changed in the time since, there is still much work to be done and the descendants of the New Orleans men at the center of the case are leading the charge.


Plessy Day Plans

Seventh Ward School's Future in Focus at Events Honoring Civil Rights Leader



On Saturday, Plessy Day events remember the civil disobedience that helped start the civil rights movement, and take a look at a recent struggle to reopen a 7th Ward school.


Monday Mailbag

LETTERS: Plessy and Ferguson Foundation on Trayvon Martin Ruling, Culture and Climate



The great-great granddaugther of John Howard Ferguson, defendant in the landmark Civil Rights case Plessy v. Ferguson, weighs in on the Trayvon Martin ruling. Warren Senders offers his opinions on climate change as it relates to the unique culture of New Orleans.   


Today's Events: 5.18.11


There's something about May. Where the 17th day of the month marks the anniversary of the Supreme Courts landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the 18th - otherwise known as today - marks the decision Brown overturned. Plessy v. Ferguson, which signed off on separate but equal (oops!) originated right here in NOLA at the Press St. train tracks. Go check out the plaque and reflect on our segregated past. Maybe there will be some time left over to do the things listed after the jump, too.


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