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Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, Va., photographed during the period of "Massive Resistance" in which Virginia’s state and local officials closed public schools rather than comply with Supreme Court desegregation mandates.

Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, Va., photographed during the period of "Massive Resistance" in which Virginia’s state and local officials closed public schools rather than comply with Supreme Court desegregation mandates.

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The Road to Brown, Pt. 2: Massive Resistance and Court’s Brown II Decision

As with the legal decisions to emancipate and offer full citizenship to formerly enslaved Blacks following the Civil War, proponents of the 1954 Brown v. the Board of Education decision found that the government could not legislate the hearts of men.