v. Board of Education: Where
Have We Been, Where Are We
Now, and Where Are We Going?
Welcome to the homepage of the celebration and
commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Brown
v. Board of Education (1954).
"We conclude that in the field of public education
the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate
educational facilities are inherently unequal."
Brown v. Board of
Education, 347 U.S. 483. 495 (May 17, 1954)
"For all men of good will May
17, 1954, came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night
of enforced segregation. . . . It served to transform
the fatigue of despair into the buoyancy of hope."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
(from a 1960 address to the National
and the Howard University School of Law played historic
roles leading to the decision in Brown and afterwards
in realizing its promise. The University and the Law School
continue to be leaders
in the ongoing struggle for social justice. This Brown@50 website
and the websites of the law
school and the university contain
information relating to the people and
the historic events leading
up to and following Brown.
Howard University and its
School of Law celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Brown
v. Board of Education by
continuing their work helping
to shape the continually evolving civil rights agenda by educating
the public about the significance of this landmark decision,
by honoring the heroes of Brown, and by engaging the
current and the next generation of civil rights leaders as well
as the general public in a discussion of Brown's ideals
and their meaning in the world today. The School of Law was honored
a series of lectures, intergenerational panel discussions,
community meetings, and other educational projects to advance
these goals. Everyone is welcome to join
in this important continuing discussion.
The Howard University School of Law continues
to strive to fulfill the promise of Brown through
using law to work toward social justice in many areas of society
including such diverse matters as criminal justice, intellectual
property, voting rights, employment discrimination, and more.
We hope you enjoy your visit.
L. Schmoke, Dean, Howard University School
Okianer Christian Dark, Chair, Brown@50 Project
Steven D. Jamar, Webmaster, Brown@50 Project
Photograph: Nettie Hunt
and daughter Nikie on steps of U.S. Supreme
Court in 1954, Library of Congress