The practice of separating people based on race was nothing new when Black people challenged the status quo in 1954. In fact, it wasn’t even the first time they attempted to overthrow the practice.

After Reconstruction in the southern states, lawmakers created segregated spaces for Black and white people to not only stop the two groups from commingling but to disenfranchise and subjugate Black people. It was during this time Black people first challenged the laws that relegated them to inferior spaces and forced them to live as second-class citizens.