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Kelley V. Nashville Board of Education
Richard H. Dinkins
Kelley v. Nashville Board of Education was filed in 1956, 2 years after the first Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas (1954) decision, seeking to desegregate the schools of the City of Nashville, Tennessee. A similar case, Maxwell v. Davidson County Board of Education , was filed in 1957. Following the adoption of the metropolitan form of government and the resulting creation of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County in 1964, the cases were consolidated. The initial goal of these cases was to secure equal access to public education for African American children in a system segregated by law. The progress of the cases throughout the 50 years since their filing paralleled the evolution of school desegregation law at the U.S. Supreme Court level as well as political and societal debate on the continuing effort to secure “colorblindness” in public education. On a local level, the various ...