Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins delivered a letter signed by more than 170 members of the U.S. House to Topeka's Brown vs. Board National Historic Site on Friday commemorating the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on May 17, 1954 that outlawed segregated schools.
The letter was signed by the Kansas House delegation as well as House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
The Brown site is housed in a former all-black school where the lead plaintiff's daughter and another plaintiff's child in the desegregation case were students. Exhibits tell the story of the 9-0 decision handed down 60 years ago that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
As a result, racial segregation was ruled a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The decision paved the way for integration and was a major victory of the civil rights movement.