The Meridian-Lauderdale County chapter of the NAACP will sponsor a commemoration service Monday, May 17, at 12 noon at Dumont Plaza in Meridian.
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made its landmark decision in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, which put an end to the legal basis for racial segregation in public schools.
"It gave black kids a chance to receive education on an equal level," said NAACP president Walter Patton.
"Most of the time they would hold classes in churches or rundown buildings," said Willie Mae Brown, chapter vice-president. "Their textbooks were not up to date."
The end of the notion of "Separate but Equal" public education dealt a death blow to the "Jim Crow" laws of the South and became a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.