Recently, when asked to give a lecture on appellate advocacy, Justice Thurgood Marshall reminded his audience what Judge Benjamin Cardozo had once said: "The great tides and currents which engulf the rest of men do not turn aside in their course and pass judges by." An outstanding example, he might have added, is Brown v. Board of Education.
In a sense, the significant changes which have occurred in the Black man's status in the last two decades had their beginnings in the rise of numerically, and hence politically, important Black communities in the North. For the importance of civil rights for the Black-and his political power to enhance these rights at the national level-has increased as he has moved northward and cityward.
Publication Information & Recommended Citation
Kamisar, Yale. "The School Desegregation Cases in Retrospect—Some Reflections on Causes and Effects." Introduction to Argument: The Complete Oral Argument before the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education Topeka, 1952-55, by L. Friedman, editor, xii-xxx. New York: Chelsea House, (1969).