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Geographies of Color : Education, Inequality, and Black Leadership in the Twenty - First Century
Brown v. Board of Education


In spring 2004, the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts observed the 50th anniversary of the landmark judicial case, Brown v. Board of Education through a series of talks entitled, "Geographies of Color: Education, Inequality, and Black Leadership in the 21st century."

On May 17, 1954 the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that classification based solely on race was a violation of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

A revolutionary decision, Brown v. Board helped break down the Jim Crow laws, segregation statutes passed by Southern states after the Civil War.

Brown v. Board also led to the enaction of key civil rights legislation in the 1960s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ruled discrimination in public places illegal, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which stated that all citizens, regardless of race, had the right to vote.

The Weissman Center's series included lectures and panel discussions that reflected on Brown's legacy and questioned the ways in which the groundbreaking decision affects citizens today.

Filmmaker William Greaves Speaks on the Legacy of Ralph Bunche

Professor Kimberle Crenshaw Discusses the Legal Impact of Brown V. Board of Education

Third Annual Women in Public Life Forum: Black Women in the Media

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