Long-term effects of Brown v. Board
Civil Rights Movement
The desegregation of public schools led many blacks to want equality in other aspects of thier lives. This became known as the civil rights movevment. Some of the major highlights of this time are: when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the front of the bus, at a time when blacks were only allowed in the back of the bus. It is widely believed that it was this act that started the entire civil rights movement. Also, in 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed and wrote his 'Letter from BIrmingham jail'. Later that year, he gave his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech. The civil rights movement brought racial equality to America.
The military is where a lot of the racial equality was important. Blacks have served in every American war. The military was officially integrated around 1962, when President Truman wrote a letter ordering that the troops be desegregated. Before that, however, the army and the air force refused to train black officers and only could be recuited to be kitchen staff in the navy. When blacks were allowed to be soldiers, they were kept completely separate from the white troops and weren't allowed to fight alongside each other. In 1941, the Tuskegee Airmen were formed and was the first all-black department in the military. Out of all their missions, they never failed one.
American culture can be seen all around the world. Sometimes, we don't realize how powerful and influential we are. Our own American Revolution has inspired many other revolutions of a similar nature, such as the French Revolution. You can see traces of America in nearly every country around the world. We are widely described as the most powerful country in the world, but we never would have gotten there if we had been fighting against ourselves. Unifying ourselves through the races is the most effective way to unify a country. On top of this, because of the racially diversity, we have had many cultural influences we wouldn't have had otherwise.