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Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the 56th Anniversary of the Landmark Brown v. Board of Education Ruling
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FOR RELEASE:
May 17, 2010
Contact: Jim Bradshaw
(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on the 56th anniversary of the May 17, 1954, Supreme Court ruling in the case known as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

"Today, on the 56th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education, we celebrate the progress we have made to bring educational equity to millions of American students. But we also honor the sacrifice of all those who fought for equality by recognizing that, for all of our progress, we still have further to go. We reaffirm our collective commitment to providing a high quality education to all children regardless of race or background so they can succeed in college and careers and prosper in life. Education is the civil rights issue of our time. President Obama and I remain deeply committed to reforming schools so that all children receive the world-class education they deserve."

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