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On May 17, 1974, the United States will observe the twentieth
anniversary of the announcement of the decision in Brown v. Board
of Education. The occasion will be marked, I am sure, by appropriate
ceremonies and by a torrent of writings in many disciplinesby
historians, educators, sociologists, philosophers, economists,
psychologists, and legal academicians. The Civil Rights Commission,
for example, is now at work on an elaborate and ambitious
attempt to use the technique of oral history to scan the twenty-year
impact of Brown on our society. All this attention is, of course,
altogether fitting, for it is hard to think of a single domestic event
in the United States or, for that matter, in any nation, that has led
to more profound political and social changes.

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