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The 1950s’ civil rights cases  Belton v. Gebhart and Bulah v. Gebhart were particularly important to desegregation efforts in Delaware. Both cases presented the findings of Dr. Kenneth Clark’s doll experiment, but the trial courts ruled in favor of the separate but equal doctrine. Eventually, both cases were appealed and combined with Brown v. Board of Education (1954). After Brown, in the Evans v. Buchanan (1977) case out of Wilmington, the court held that inner city predominantly black and poor kids did not have the same educational opportunities as predominantly middle class and white children in the suburbs. Delaware decided to fully integrate their school system by merging all districts to create four new districts and by including all students into one large system. After this desegregation order expired in 1996, and the emergence of high performing charter schools that have led to discriminatory practice against minority students, the state has had a decline in integration. There have been recent efforts, including a complaint by the ACLU, to rectify this issue within Delaware school districts.