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Race facts:

May 17, 1954:
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down racially segregated public schools in its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision.

June 13, 1967:
President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

April 20, 1971:
The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

June 28, 1978:
The Supreme Court ordered the University of California-Davis Medical School to admit Allan Bakke, a white man who argued he'd been a victim of reverse racial discrimination.

February 10, 1989:
Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first black person to head a major U.S. political party.

June, 2007:
Chief Justice John Roberts, in announcing a 5-4 Supreme Court decision rejecting integration plans in the Louisville, Kentucky and Seattle school districts, stated:
"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discrimination on the basis of race."

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