The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen and Harvard’s Tomiko Brown-Nagin talk about the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, in a special C-SPAN live event.
About the Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, says the Supreme Court has already agreed to review three cases involving significant questions of standing to sue, and more are on the way.
Several politicians recently referred to a controversial World War II Supreme Court decision in the debate about Syrian refugees. Public reaction showed how much the Korematsu decision is debated – and derided – today.
Landmark Cases, C-SPAN’s new series on historic Supreme Court decisions—produced in cooperation with the National Constitution Center—continues on Monday, Nov 23 at 9 p.m. ET. This week’s show features the Brown desegregation decision.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how states refusing to accept Syrian refugees could leverage a 2007 Supreme Court decision.