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Young Eliazer Williams at a Press ConferenceYoung Eliazer Williams at a Press ConferenceOn the 46th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibited segregated schools, a coalition of civil rights organizations files a lawsuit, Williams v. California, charging that the state is not fulfilling its constitutional mandate to provide the bare minimum infrastructure for students in 18 public schools serving largely poor children of color or immigrants. The lawsuit later expands to include one million students in all substandard California public schools.