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VIDEO: In Honor of 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Booker Delivers Remarks on Senate Floor

May 15, 2019
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WASHINGTON, D.C. --U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) delivered remarks on the Senate Floor marking the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education. For the last 65 years, this momentous civil rights case has shaped our society and become a foundational principle of American law. This week, the Senate is set to vote on the Trump Administration's nominee for deputy attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, and district court nominee, Wendy Vitter, both of whom have refused to say whether they believe Brown was correctly decided. "In Brown, the Justices recognized a profound moral wrong tearing at the soul of this country: racial segregation in our nation's schools. They held fast to the principle inscribed above the entrance to the Supreme Court: 'Equal Justice Under Law.' And they appealed to a self-evident truth promised -- but not yet realized -- by our founding documents: that equal means equal. "It's been 65 years since the nine Justices of the Supreme Court unanimously gave those words the force of law. Today, for any nominee who would enforce or interpret our laws, it should be far beyond debate that Brown was right -- that separate-but-equal doctrine has no place in American society." "65 years on, it is our duty as Americans to continue to fight for equality and justice in America. We owe this not just to ourselves, but we who benefit from the blessings of this democracy sewn by the hands of our ancestors. We who partake of that fruit from their labors. We must recognize those heroes and the generations who advocated, marched, and insisted that this nation made good on the promise of equal justice under the law." Senator Booker's full remarks are available here.