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From Topeka Toward Tomorrow
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Brown v. Board of Education


What is Brown v Board of Education?

Linda Brown Thompson (left) and Cheryl Brown Henderson (right) will be the Keynote Speakers during Kutztown's Brown v. Board of Education celebration. (See Calendar of Events for more information.)

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court unanimously declared that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional in the Brown v. Board of Education court case. The case, which overturned the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson ruling that set a “separate but equal” standard, actually involved five cases from several states and was named after the Topeka participants to show that the issue was not just a southern one. Brown v. Board of Education made a dynamic change in education and in society. It was an important start towards celebrating diversity in our schools and our lives, and its impact began to slowly tear down walls between races that had been in place for well over a century.

About the Task Force
In the summer of 2003, Kutztown University formed the Brown v. Board of Education Task Force to organize a celebration of the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education, which marks its 50th anniversary on May 17, 2004. This Web site is part of our efforts to share information about this case and its impact with our students, faculty, and the community.  During this school year, we will be offering various opportunities to join in the discussion and celebration, culminating in a weeklong celebration from March 22-26, 2004.

This Web site was designed by Karen Krug. The information is updated as it is received or as changes occur. 

For more information on KU's celebration of Brown v. Board of Education, please contact Deb Johnson at 610-683-4275 dejohnso@kutztown.edu or contact Susie Schmoyer at 610-683-4253 schmoyer@kutztown.edu

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education