Deborah Dandridge to speak at Presidential Politics & Civil Rights seminar

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

From July 24 to 30, the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas will host “Presidential Politics, Civil Rights and the Road to Brown, a Summer Seminar for Teachers,” sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Brown Foundation, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at KU, and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

One of the seminar’s featured speakers is Field Archivist Deborah Dandridge, who will deliver the presentation “Before and After Brown: The Kansas Experience from Primary Sources.”

The seminar will explore the fight for social and political equality in the years before the modern Civil Rights Movement and the road to Brown v. Board of Education. Sessions will convene at the University of Kansas, the Presidential Libraries of Truman and Eisenhower and the Brown v. Board of Education National Park Service Site.

Other speakers include attorney Jack Greenberg, a member of the NAACP Legal team that argued the Brown case; and attorney Theodore Shaw, a member of the NAACP team that argued the University of Michigan affirmative action cases. Both men once served as director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Other presenters include plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education. The seminar will provide educational resources and professional training to teachers interested in exploring civil rights in America.

This year’s participants have been selected, but for more information about the series, visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History online (

The seminar is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American HistoryThe Brown Foundation, the University of Kansas Langston Hughes Center, the Kansas Collection at the University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Invitation to participants (PDF)

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