of Color : Education, Inequality, and Black Leadership in the Twenty
- First Century
v. Board of Education
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
On May 17,
1954 the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that classification
based solely on race was a violation of the 14th Amendment of
United States Constitution.
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.
Center's series included lectures and panel discussions that
on Brown's legacy and questioned the ways in which the groundbreaking
decision affects citizens today.
William Greaves Speaks on the Legacy of Ralph Bunche
Kimberle Crenshaw Discusses the Legal Impact of Brown V. Board of
Annual Women in Public Life Forum: Black Women in the Media
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