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Following is a partial list of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.
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MAY 2004

May 9-14
Elderhostel: Journey of a Nation: Retracing the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
Elderhostel is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing extraordinary learning adventures for people 55 and over. The Journey of a Nation Program OF Elderhostel travels to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is devoting the 2003/04 academic year to commemorating Brown v. Board of Education.
For more info, call 1-877-426-8056 or visit

May 14-17
NAACP Education Summit of the States: Assessing the Price,
Identifying the Promise, and Mapping the Course for Progress

Topeka, Kansas
Capitol Plaza Hotel
For info, call (501) 217-9994 or visit

May 15
Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
Washington, D.C.

The Museum marks the opening of the exhibition Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education with special music, docent-guided tours, and films. The documentaries, Simple Justice and With All Deliberate Speed: The Legacy of Brown v. Board, will be introduced by filmmakers Avon Kirkland and Sharon Baker. 12-4 p.m. First Floor, Taylor Gallery.

Tavis Smiley Presents in partnership with the NAACP
Legal Defense and Educational Fund:
Unfinished Agenda: 50th Anniversary Brown v. Board of Education

8:00am to 5:00pm
The National Theater; Washington, DC
Unfinished Agenda: 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, offers a multicultural perspective on the future of Brown in America, focusing on the issues of today, including Affirmative Action, bussing, charter schools, the recently passed 'No Child Left Behind' Act, and the current state of education in America's public school system. Free to the Public. For more info,

Our Journey: School Desegregation
in Champaign-Urbana is a 60-minute radio documentary produced by Franklin Middle School students Tamika Lee, Veronica Martin, Jessica Austin, Deanna Carr, Yakera Barbee, Markisha Motton, and Tiera Campbell. The program weaves together stories about school, family, church and civic life in Champaign-Urbana as told by African Americans between the ages of 40 and 91. Our Journey reveals the segregation of everyday life in the twin cities and the educational expectations of African Americans across generations.
Airs 5pm on AM-580, also at Repeated 6pm, Monday, May 17 May 17, 2004

Commemorative Gala
On the evening of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, May 17, 2004, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Howard University, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) will honor civil rights pioneers and leaders who participated in the Brown decision, along with contemporary luminaries who have advanced the promise of Brown. The event will be held at Constitution Hall, 311 18th Street, N.W. in Washington D.C. For more info, visit

Opening of Exhibit
Marching Towards Justice: The History of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Howard University School of Law Library
2900 Van Ness Street
N.W, Washington, D.C. 20008
Keynote Speaker: Hon. Damon J. Keith, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
For further info, call (202) 806-8000 or visit

This award-winning exhibit will be on display at the Howard University School of Law Library beginning on May 17, 2004 through the end of July 2004. The exhibit chronicles the life of the African Americans from 1619 until 1957, three years after the Brown decision. The exhibit is on loan from the Honorable Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History.

Brown Birthday Cake Reception
North Carolina State University
African American Cultural Center
Witherspoon Student Center Building
Raleigh, NC
We will light the candles and cut the cake in honor of May 17, 1954. Excerpts will be read from the writings of Charles Hamilton Huston, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Chief Justice Earl Warren, and others from the era. For info, call (919) 515-1451

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Grand Opening
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1515 SE Monroe Street, Topeka, KS 66612
For further info visit

May 17-19
Brown Plus 50: A Renewed Agenda for Social Justice
Featuring programs on historical perspectives, legacies, simple justice/complicated practice. New York University, New York
The Metro Center for Urban Education
82 Washington Square East, Suite 72
New York, NY 10003
Call (212) 998-5100, or visit

May 17-28
Marching Toward Justice: The History of the 14th Amendment
A Tribute to Thurgood Marshall

Kansas Judicial Center, 301 W. 10th St.
Topeka, Kansas

The Marching Toward Justice Exhibit was created by the Keith Collection at Wayne State University to inform the public about the importance of the 14th Amendment and our ongoing quest to realize the high ideals of the United States Declaration of Independence. This exhibit illustrates our country's past promotion of justice and equality while condoning enslavement and oppression. That African Americans were long denied due process and equal protection under the law remains a historical dichotomy in a country of democratic ideals.
Call 785-234-1030 or 800-235-1030 or visit

May 21
North Carolina Bar Association Brown v. Board of Education Commemoration NC State McKimmon Center
A daylong program in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision. The highlight of the morning program will be a reargument of Brown before a "Supreme Court", composed of federal circuit judges and three former Chief Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Professor Jack Greenberg, former Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, has agreed to serve as the luncheon keynote speaker.
For info, call 919-677-0561

JUNE 2004

June 25-27
From Desegregation to Diversity
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
The convention of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues will explore implications of societal diversity from a research, social policy, and social action perspective.
For information, visit or call (202) 675-6956

NAACP 95th Annual National Convention
Beyond Brown - Promise and Progress

July 10-15, 2004
Philadelphia, PA
For more info, visit

JULY 2004

July 29-August 1
With All Deliberate Speed: Social Justice and the Future of Public Education
National Coalition of Education Activists Conference
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
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August 6-7

Reargument of Brown v. Board of Education
American Bar Association Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
For more information, visit


October 21
Brown and the Law of Other Nations
Columbia Law School
Honorable Arthur Chaskalson, Chief Justice, The Constitutional Court of South Africa; Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States.
For more information, visit

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