Plains, Georgia, U.S. President JIMMY CARTER takes a forceful swing during a softball game at his alma mater - Plains High School in Plains, Georgia. Catching is James Wooten of The New York Times and the ump is Ralph Nader dressed in a heavy wool suit in the 90+ degree heat of south Georgia. Carter captained his softball team made up of mostly burly US Secret Service agents and played against a team of reporters captained by his brother, Billy Carter.
Still unconfirmed that Carter taunted Nader with an “unsafe at any tweed” joke before swinging for the stands.
The sitting Congress has the most women of any in history. Artist Emily Nemens is capturing each of them in paint, and using their likenesses in graphics to show how far we still have to go to bring gender equality to Washington.
May 17, 1954: The Supreme Court Rules on Brown v. Board of Education
On this day in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which says that no state may deny equal protection of the laws to any person within its jurisdiction.
Although the decision did not succeed in fully desegregating public education in the United States, it put the Constitution on the side of racial equality and galvanized the nascent civil rights movement into a full revolution.
Can you name all the key players behind Brown v. Board of Education? Revisit the landmark case with PBS’ The Supreme Court site.