Landmark Ruling Commemorated

Contact: Kathy Johnson

 

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“In these times of assault on affirmative action and declarations of ‘no child left behind,’ this conference offers a scholarly venue to examine the continuing issues, unintended consequences, and enduring legacy of the Brown v. Board decision.”

-- Deneese Jones,
chair,
UK President’s Commission on Diversity

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky President’s Commission on Diversity (PCD) and African American Studies and Research Program (AASRP) have planned a special event in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka (KS). That ruling struck down racial segregation in public schools and paved the way for civil rights in America.

The conference “Education Beyond Brown: Future Perspectives” is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, and 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 26 in the UK College of Law building.

On Thursday, March 25, the 10th annual Black Women’s Conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the UK Student Center. Sponsored annually by the AASRP, this year’s theme is “African-American Women and the Historic Brown Decision: Looking Backward, Going Forward.”

All conference sessions are free, however registration is requested. There is a cost for lunch on Thursday. More information and the full schedule of events are available on the PCD Web site. Information about the Black Women’s Conference also is available at the AASRP Web site.

The “Education Beyond Brown” conference events on Wednesday include an opening session at 9 a.m. in the UK College of Law Courtroom featuring keynote speaker Robert Hemenway, chancellor of the University of Kansas and former chancellor at UK. His speech will be followed by the presentation of the 2004 Presidents Awards for Diversity. UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. will make the presentations.

The Black Women’s Conference events on Thursday include lectures and panel discussions throughout the day as well as a luncheon. William Turner, interim president at Kentucky State University, will present the Doris Wilkinson Distinguished Lecture at
5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

The events on Friday include morning breakout sessions in the College of Law building and a luncheon symposium at noon in the UK Alumni House featuring Mildred Robinson, the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. She is writing a book showcasing the voices of those most impacted by the Brown decision.

“In these times of assault on affirmative action and declarations of ‘no child left behind,’ this conference offers a scholarly venue to examine the continuing issues, unintended consequences, and enduring legacy of the Brown v. Board decision,” said Deneese Jones, chair of the UK President’s Commission on Diversity.

Breakout sessions will look at primary and secondary education, higher education, education for individuals with disabilities, the “new generation,” and societal perspectives.

“It is important to explore all these perspectives because Brown addresses core issues of citizenship and equal access far beyond the boundaries of public education,” Jones said.

For more information, visit the Web sites or call the PCD office at (859) 257-3493.


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