Supreme Court cases that shaped black America

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Throughout U.S. history the Supreme Court has played a crucial role in shaping the ideological identity of America. The court’s ruling today on President Obama’s health care reform law is yet another example of the court having a major impact on the lives of everyday people. From civil rights to affirmative action and now the future of the health care for American citizens — the Supreme Court routinely has stepped in to try to address issues that lay at the heart of where this country is heading. The slideshow above is a trip back through some of the most momentous cases in the court’s history that have helped shaped Black America.

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