Friday, May 16, 2014

Brown v Topeka Board - 60 Years Later

It has been 60 years since Topeka was rocked by the court case that would be heard around the world. The famous Brown v Topeka Board of Education. In fact this Saturday will mark the 50th anniversary. Topeka already has a National Park Site to commemorate the historic event. Which is important, because as they say, "he who forgets the past, is doomed to repeat it."

As such there will be some special events happening this weekend to help everyone of all ages to remember.

  1. Monroe Kindergarten (National Park Service)

    See the National Park Service’s renovation of the old Monroe kindergarten room. Restored to look like it did in the early 1950s, the room will contain games, toys and books from the period.

    When: Friday, May 16, 2014, 11am

    Location: Brown v Board National Historic Site

  2. First Lady Michelle Obama

    The First Lady of the United States will be here in Topeka tonight for a special senior recognition event to celebrate the 60 year anniversary of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision.

    When: Friday, May 16, 2014, 5pm

    Admission: Free but invited guests only (Tickets required)

    Location: Kansas Expocentre

  3. Legacy Walk (National Park Service)

    Walk from Monroe Elementary to Sumner Elementary, reversing the path traveled before the Supreme Court ended segregation in Topeka and the Nation’s schools. Two-hour ranger-led walk. Wear comfortable shoes. Return transportation will be available.

    When: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 10 & 1pm

    Location: Brown v Board National Historic

  4. Sumner Tours, Oral Histories, Future Uses

    Take a look at the building where the case began. Share your stories with staff on site to record vital oral histories and join the conversation on future uses of the school.

    When: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9am-6pm
    Sunday, May 18, 2014 1pm—6pm

    Location: Sumner Elementary School
    330 SW Western Avenue

  5. Twitter Re-enactment of Brown v. Board of Education US Supreme Court Decision. Follow the site on Twitter @BRVB_NHS for a re-enactment of the Brown v. Board of Education US Supreme Court decision and the world’s reaction.

    Saturday, May 17, 2014 thru Sunday, May 18, 2014

    Admission: Free on Twitter
    Location: Twitter on your computer, tablet or smartphone

  6. Brown Foundation Banquet

    The Brown Foundation offers a tribute to the seminal events of the Civil Rights Movement. Commemorate the 60th Anniversary with celebrity host Carl Boyd, speaker Danny Strong and keynote speaker Carolyn Maull (McKinstry).

    When: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 7pm

    Location: Ramada Inn & Convention Center (Downtown)

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