Brown Comes Down: "Without Incident"

Brint Cooper in his office at Johns Hopkins UniversityBrint Cooper was in 9th grade at Poly when the Brown v. Board decision ruled school segregation unconstitutional. Poly had integrated two years earlier, and he credits a "visionary" principal with helping the school fend off a "rabblerouser" who wanted white students like Brint to stay home from school after the ruling came down.

Cooper is now an associate research professor of electrical and computer engineering at Johns Hopkins University.