Desegregation in Delaware: Celebrating Brown at 50

These lessons were designed to commemorate the Brown v. the Board of Education decision in 1954 and to highlight the unique role Delaware played in school desegregation and in the Brown decision. The lessons follow the chronology of the significant Delaware cases and tie the Delaware cases to the evolution of our national civil rights laws. There are lessons for grade levels 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12

The Delaware Law Related Education Center wishes to extend our thanks to Street Law, Inc. for allowing us to link to Landmark Cases web site, to the Delaware Public Archive for allowing us to use lessons developed by the Archives and to link to their digital archives, and to the History of Jim Crow web site for the link to the Belton lesson.

Thanks to Mary Schoettinger for developing the elementary school lessons and to Gerald Peden for reviewing and editing the middle school and high school lessons. Thanks to Professor Leland Ware and Professor Ed Kee of the University of Delaware, Lee Arbetman of Street Law, Inc. and Thomas M. Summers of the Delaware Public Archives for their advice and assistance. Finally, thanks to the Center's Board of Trustees and to our Board President, M. Jane Brady, Attorney General of Delaware, for support of this project.

Lesson Plans

Lessons contained in the link below:

  • Desegregating the University of Delaware
  • Delaware's Cases in Brown v. Board of Education
  • Resistance in Milford
  • The Conflict in Implementing Brown

Lesson Plans