2014 Press Releases

National Archives Marks 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board Decision
Press Release · Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Washington, DC

Expert panel to explore historic ruling’s lasting legacy

On Thursday, May 15 at noon, the National Archives and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling with a special program: "Brown at 60: Is Full Equality Within Our Grasp? A Conversation on Zero Tolerance, Segregation, and the Promise of Justice." This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance, located on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. The building is open 10 AM —5:30 PM daily, and is fully accessible. Metro: Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station.

A panel of experts will explore equal educational opportunities and new barriers to the "promise of Brown" in the 21st century. Speakers include: Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education; Dennis Parker, director of the ACLU Racial Justice Project; and Laura Murphy, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. Join the discussion and share your thoughts online using #Brownat60. This event is co-sponsored by the Afro-American History Society and the Afro-American Newspapers.

Brown v. Board records at the National Archives

The National Archives holds the Federal Records Pertaining to Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954), including related court records prior to the Brown decision (1896-1953), Records Relating Directly to the Brown Decision, ca. 1954, and Records Correlating to the Brown Decision (1955-1977). See also a "Teaching with Documents" Brown v. Board lesson plan, Timeline of Events, and hi-res images and background information.

Related new David M. Rubenstein "Records of Rights" Exhibit

The new permanent exhibit at the National Archives, "Records of Rights," uses original documents, photographs, facsimiles, videos, and interactive exhibits to explore how Americans have worked to realize the ideals of freedom enshrined in our nation’s founding documents and how they have debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity. Exploring many stories—and showcasing the drive for civil rights for African Americans, women, and immigrants–the new exhibition chronicles the past and current generations whose efforts to secure equality under the law have shaped the country we live in today.

To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: 202 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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