President Obama marked the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling by recommitting to “the long struggle to stamp out bigotry and racism in all their forms.”

On Friday at the White House, the president hosted lead attorneys, members of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and some relatives of the thirteen Topeka, Kan., families who sued over their school district’s racial segregation policies in the landmark 1954 civil rights case.

Obama said in a statement that the ruling was “the first major step in dismantling the ‘separate but equal’ doctrine that justified Jim Crow,” the racial segregation laws that were in place at the state and local level across the South.