Neil G. Williams Nathaniel R. Jones Professor of Law
“Brown v. Board of Education Fifty Years Later: What Makes for Greatness in a Legal Opinion?”, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Vol. 36 (2004).
This article focuses on purported shortcomings of Brown v. Board of Education, beginning with an overview of the court’s reasoning. After addressing criticisms, and following a reflection on the author’s experiences growing up in the Jim Crow South, the article concludes that Brown v. Board of Education was rightly decided for the right reasons. Together with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the Brown decision is an essential writing that helps define the essence of the American spirit.