Brown vs. Board of Education was the landmark decision that overturned Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896), which upheld the separate-but-equal doctrine. The case was bolstered by several national incidents, two of which involved Bernard Kinsey’s father, U.B. Kinsey. One occurred in 1941, when he was a member of the Palm Beach County Teachers Association, which successfully sued the local board of education for equal pay. That suit was argued by Thurgood Marshall who would go on to win the Supreme Court’s unanimous approval for school desegregation through Brown.