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last updated June 4, 2006

Articles by HUSL Professors

Harold McDougall, Brown at 60: The Case for Black Reparations, 47 How. L.J. 863 (2004)
Steven D. Jamar, Copyright and the Public Interest from the Perspective of Brown v. Board of Education, 48 How. L.J. 629 (2005) (pdf version)

Howard Law Journal Brown@50 Symposium issues

Vol. 47 Issue 1
Vol. 47 Issue 2
Vol. 47 Issue 3

Opinion/Editorial and shorter works by HUSL Professors

Prof. Frank Wu, "Beyond Black, White and Brown," The Nation (Apr. 15, 2004)

Prof. Okianer Christian Dark, "The Role of Howard University School of Law in Brown v. Board of Education," Syllabus, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 12-13, (Feb. 2004 newsletter of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar)

Selected News Reports about HUSL & Brown v. Board Commemoration Activities

May 16 at 8:00 p.m. with encore broadcast on May 20 at 6:00 pm -- Part I: Howard Law & The Struggle For Justice
The first of the three part series looks back to the days before brown and to the role that Howard University and it's Law School played in the struggle for justice.

May 23 at 8:00 pm with encore broadcast on May 27 at 6:00 pm -- Part II: No Fight, No Victory
Focuses on the years just before the Brown decision of May 17, 1954 and on the stories of those who determined to battle against the forces of racial prejudice and persecution, with particular attention to the case of Briggs v. Elliot and the town of Summerton, South Carolina.

May 30 at 8:00 pm with encore broadcast on June 3 at 6:00 pm -- Part III:  After Brown
In the last segment of the three part series, we look at the world after Brown and how the decision began to force Americans to grapple with race -- with the legacies of oppression and prejudice that remain with us even today.

Segments feature interviews with:

Prof. Julian Dugas, Howard Law School & Brown legal team;
Prof. J. Clay Smith, Howard Law School;
Judge Robert Carter, Brown legal team;
Ernest Green;
Little Rock Nine;
H. Patrick Swygert, President Howard University;
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) Chair, Congressional Black Caucus and Howard alumn;
Harolyn Boulware, daughter of Harold Boulware, Civil Rights Attorney;
Denia Stukes Hightower, daughter of Briggs plaintiff & petitioner;
Prof. Russell Adams, Howard University;
Adam Clayton Powell, III, son of Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, III;
Prof. Okianer Christian-Dark, Howard Law School;
Kurt Schmoke, Dean of Howard Law School, Howard alum and former Mayor of Baltimore, MD;
Prof. Warner Lawson, Howard Law School;
Jack Houston, cousin of Charles Hamilton Houston, Brown legal team.

Frank McCoy, Overturning the Court, Vol. 11, no. 1, Howard Magazine 24-31 (Fall 2002)

Damon J. Keith, Brown v. Board of Education:  Vindication and Unfinished Progress, vo. 13, no. 1, The Jurist 8-11 (HUSL Newsletter) (Fall 2003)

The Jurist (Fall 2003) issue is dedicated to Social Engineers in Action:  Brown v. Board of Education (activities at HUSL and essays and photos about Brown v. Board).

Washington Post Articles Reporting on Brown@50 Events

Looking to Brown For Lessons Today:
Students Find Inspiration for Action In Program on Desegregation Ruling

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 29, 2004; Page C03

Figures in Historic Lawsuit Recount Rights, Wrongs:
Forum Reunites Those Who Beat 'Separate but Equal'

By Judith Havemann
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 29, 2004; Page DZ03

Selected News Articles and Essays about Brown

Cass R. Sunstein, "Did Brown matter? On the fiftieth anniversary of the fabled desegregation case, not everyone is celebrating," The New Yorker (May 3, 2004)

Ellis Cose's article, "A Dream Deferred" about Brown 50 years later.  See also the related photo gallery.