April 20th, 2010. 9:00 - 11:00 am CDT
Register to watch this event live, or to interact with the park rangers here: http://collaboration.greatplains.net/events/online/
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Here's is the Brown vs. Board of Education web site's information for teachers: http://www.nps.gov/brvb/forteachers/index.htm
In December, 1952, the U.S. Supreme Court had on its docket cases from Kansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, South Carolina, and Virginia, all of which challenged the constitutionality of racial segregation in public schools. The U.S. Supreme Court had consolidated these five cases under one name, Oliver Brown et al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka. One of the justices later explained that the U.S. Supreme Court felt it was better to have representative cases from different parts of the country. They decided to put Brown first “so that the whole question would not smack of being a purely Southern one.”
|The Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Site together with partners from the Great Plains Network and led by Randy Stout of the Kan-ed network at the Kansas Board of Regents will create a forum for virtual panelists who represent original plaintiffs and appellants or family members in the five cases consolidated in the historic Brown decision.|
|The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) is one of the most pivotal opinions ever rendered by that body. This landmark decision highlights the U.S. Supreme Court’s role in affecting changes in national and social policy. Often when people think of the case, they think of a court case brought about so that an African American student required to attend a segregated school could be accepted in attendance at an all-white school in her neighborhood. In reality, the story of Brown v. Board is far more complex.|
This network-enabled collaboration will enhance public dialogue and understanding of the historical significance of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Brown v. Board of Education case. This session will connect participating communities through videoconferencing to hear first hand accounts from the panelists and to explore the meaning of the landmark decision today. The presentation will also highlight local historical resources, share primary source accounts, and demonstrate how videoconferencing can be incorporated in teaching and learning to support inquiry, scholarship, and awareness.
This event was held on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CT).
Dr. Cheryl Brown Henderson - President & CEO of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity
Nathaniel Briggs - representing his family who were plaintiffs in the Briggs v. Elliot case in South Carolina.
Brigitte Brown - daughter of Ethel Belton will share perspective from her family member's experiences in the Delaware case.
Brumit B. De Laine - representing his father, Rev. DeLaine, who was the case organizer for the South Carolina case. Mr. DeLaine currently resides in Charlotte, NC and is retired from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System where Mr. DeLaine served through the implementation of the Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education which required busing as a means for desegregating the school system.
Charles Scott, Jr. Mr. Scott was born on July 22, 1948 in Topeka, Kansas. Mr. Scott is a third generation attorney. He is the son and grandson, respectively, of the nationally acclaimed attorneys Charles Scott, Sr. and Elisha Scott, deceased. Charles Scott, Sr. was the principal attorney who instituted the monumental court case in Topeka that change the course of history in America, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. Elisha Scott was a nationally famous attorney for instituting litigation throughout the United States to combat the discrimination and injustices that were committed against African Americans and other disenfranchised Americans from the 1920’s until he died in 1963.
Alonzo Smith, Ph.D. - Dr. Smith is a Professor of History at Montgomery College and has served as one of two curators for the Smithsonian Institution's exhibit observing the 50th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown, et. al v. Board of Education of Topeka.
John A. Stokes - Mr. Stokes is one of the original Moton High School student strike organizers in the Virginia Case. Click on the following link to view a recent CNN interview with Mr. Stokes about his experiences growing up in the civil rights era and the book he has authored, Students on Strike.
The following version is the highest quality and available for download and playing later:
Highest Quality for Download (This version includes informal conversation between Mr. Stokes and Dr. Smith that preceded the event.) Can't see the video? Download the free codec here: http://www.divx.com/
Linda Rosenblum - Education Specialist, Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Site, National Park Service at (785) 354-4273 or by email at Linda_Rosenblum@nps.gov