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.
You can also learn more about Brown v. Board of Education with “The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow” and explore more events of the Civil Rights Movement with PBS Black Culture Connection.
School integration, Barnard School, Washington, D.C., 1955 (Library of Congress).
Looks it finally booted!!
I recently got a Dell laptop (used) as payment for salvaging some data off of it. I successfully got the data by booting a LiveDVD of Ubuntu and mounting the hard drive. Now that I want to install Ubuntu it wont boot the LiveDVD, I think the CD drive may be wonky causing the LiveDVD to boot sporadically.
Well I refuse to use Windows so I’ll have to keep trying to get the LiveDVD to boot…
I had hoped that a passion for Open Access would be enough to carry me through my graduate school research projects. Though it seems that passion at some point needs action. This week I have found that finding research that is “acceptable” for my class projects is a grueling effort. One that bears an distinctive mark of exhaustion on my face.
This exhaustion is not from the search for open access articles but for the lack of them. This of course is one key issue that Open Access faces in the scholarly world. But work must continue for there is a task that must be completed.
Yes, that’s right the Libro Box is up and running and this project is officially launching!! This is an exciting achievement not just for me but it marks the first real step for the project. Now the the real work begins! What do I mean by that? I have a proof of concept device that I can go around and show interested parties the Libro Box. I gave a sneak peek to friends and family and they are excited and intrigued by the concept.
In the next few days I will be posting some tutorial and first hands on with the Libro Box. Once I get done working on that I will have more data I can use to promote the Libro Box. As I said before the first 2 initial goals for the Libro Box are access to valuable information and the distrubution of Chicano literature/art. Based on peoples first reactions and preliminary use of the Libro Box I am confident in accomplishing these goals.
So stay tuned for more updates and thanks again for all the support!
New Tumblr Avatar!!! And yes it was “Glitched” on purpose.
I’m an FLOSS enthusiast but not an expert. I like to use software/hardware that is not licensed under a proprietary license. I get a good feeling inside and I feel more at ease, a sense of relief comes over me. I don’t know why exactly maybe it’s because I used to be afraid that using pirated copies of software would get me into big trouble.
The only reason I kicked the habit of using illegal means to get illegal software was because I learned of Free Software. Now I should make the distinction clear that I learned about Open Source Software first but in my ignorance I thought Free Software was the same as Open Source Software. Too add to my bumbling mistakes in vocabulary I thought Free Software literally meant Free in price/cost. I didn’t realize that the Free in Free Software stood for Freedom.
So there is the crux of my problem with Free Software to this day I have to continually mutter the infamous phrase “it’s free as in Freedom not beer”. Even then that phrase is a bit meta for me and I have two college degrees! Now the creator and chief architect of the Free Software definition and consequently the GPL license is Richard M. Stallman. Who in the realm of hardcore and old school computer folk is a unique character.
Mr. Stallman contributed something very important to the realm of technology and that was a philosophy. Stallman gave the very technical world of computers (and eventually the Internet) a way to escape the chains of proprietary licenses and break the monopoly that companies had over computers and other technologies. It is very easy to understand the shear importance the GPL stands for and its contributions to the world. But how can something so important be so difficult to explain?
To sum up I feel Free Software is a terrible name for such a unique and important idea. The interesting and ironic thing about is how the use of one word can have such dramatic implications. My hope is that one day the word Free can be changed to something else such as Libre for clarity. Though I doubt it will happen so I also hope that those of us who use Free Software can find better ways to explain its confusing title.
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