To separate them [black children] from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone. . . . We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘‘separate but equal’’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
Earl Warren, U.S. judge and politician, 1891–1974