In recognition of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education, University of Kansas Libraries hosted a duo of events in April honoring the landmark civil rights ruling. The events included an exhibition opening and a symposium featuring guest speakers and plaintiffs from the 1954 Supreme Court case.
The exhibition “Lasting Impact: Brown v. the Board of Education” opened April 11, 2014, and highlights materials and artifacts from the case preserved in the libraries’ Kansas Collection. Housed in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, the Kansas Collection preserves a wealth of materials documenting the African American experience in Kansas, including the history surrounding Topeka’s pivotal battle against segregation. The exhibition opening included a presentation by KU professors Shirley Hill and John Rury examining the graduation gap for African-Americans since the case.
On April 12, KU Libraries hosted “The Legacies & Unfinished Business of BvB, 2.0”, a daylong symposium that brought scholars and civil rights experts together to discuss the effects of the Supreme Court ruling and how it was enacted. Among the guest speakers were Columbia University professor Theodore Shaw and Latino rights advocate David Hinojosa, as well as plaintiffs from the case and members of the Brown family.
“Lasting Impact: Brown v. the Board of Education” is on display through September 1. Visit the libraries' exhibit page for more information.