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This page lists a few of the non-HUSL events taking place around the country to mark the 50th anniversary of the Brown decision.  Another page has links to educational and other resources.

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Non-HUSL Events/Activities in general (click on HUSL Events above for HUSL Brown activities)

Essay Contest. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, invites graduate and undergraduate students to enter its Fifteenth Annual Essay Contest. Essays may be on any substantive aspect of the 2004 theme, Brown v. Board of Education.  Essays must be between 15-35 double-spaced, typed pages.  $1,000 and $500 dollar awards will be made in each graduate and undergraduate category to the top two essays.  Complete instructions and contest rules are explained on the ASALH's website, http://www.asalh.com/. Essays are due by June 15, 2004.

Carleton College Events

American Bar Association Events

NPR Brown programming - December 2003

A Nation Acts - this is a national effort to have the play "Now Let Me Fly" performed around the country.  For information about doing it or observing it, please check its website at http://anationacts.brownvboard.org/ .  The play is "based on hundreds of oral histories and personal interviews" and "brings to life the real stories and real people" behind Brown v. Board of Education.

Maryland State Bar Association - Spring 2004 speakers

University of Maryland - College Park - Calendar of Brown-related events

University of South Carolina Events

U. of Illinois - Urbana-Champagne Events

Events in and around Detroit

Columbia University - videos of addresses

Howard County, Maryland activities

Non-HUSL Conferences & Presentations (click on HUSL Events above for HUSL Brown activities)

October 2003

Oct. 18, 2003 Program at Howard University School of Law sponsored by Humanities Council of Washington, DC

Conference at St. Louis University School of Law

November 2003

Nov. 1, Brown v. Board of Education Revisited:  50th Anniversary Symposium, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas

Nov. 7, Brown v. Board of Education at 50: Have we achieved its goals?, St. John's University School of Law Conference, Jamaica NY, 718-990-5998

Nov. 20 and various dates thereafter - U. Maryland School of Law Maryland and the Road to Brown Series

January 2004

NASA-GSFC Schedule of Activities
     The theme:  Brown v. Board of Education (50th Anniversary)

January 7, 2004, Dr. Runoko Rashidi - The Global African Presence, @ Bldg 3, 11 - 2

January 20, 2004, Major Douglas Vaughan - Brown v Board of Education: The Local Impact - The Closing of Prince Edward Co.Va. Schools, @ Bldg 3, 11 - 2 

January 31, 2004, Thurgood Marshall Center Trust, "Night of Brown v. Board of Education: 50 Years Later"

The Thurgood Marshall Center Trust is hosting of a black tie awards dinner celebrating the 50-year anniversary of Brown v the Board of Education by honoring the late James Nabrit, Charles Duncan, Jack Greenberg, Oliver White Hill, Ronald L. Carter, Constance Baker Motley, and William Coleman. This event is a kick-off to America’s annual celebration of Black History Month in February. Invited guests include representatives from the White House, Democratic Presidential candidates, Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses, the chair of the American Bar Association, civil rights icons, historians, and the shapers of tomorrow’s public policy.

Proceeds from this black tie celebration will go toward keeping open the doors of what began as the nation’s first black YMCA and has become a social service, recreational, and educational epicenter serving more than 2,000 economically and academically disenfranchised African American and Hispanic children, youth and families.

HUSL Dean Kurt Schmoke, among others, is an Honorary Committee Member for the event.

February 2004

NASA-GSFC Schedule of Activities
     The theme:  Brown v. Board of Education (50th Anniversary) (continued)

February 11, 2004, Mr. Carroll R. Gibbs - Journey To Justice: The Civil Rights Movement Yesterday and Today, @ Bldg 8, 11 - 2

February 18, 2004, Professor Larry S. Gibson - Maryland:  Brown's Launch Pad, Wednesday, , 2004 @ Bldg 8, 12 - 2

February 25, 2004, Dr. Dorothy Hayden-Watkins - Associate Administrator for NASA Code E, Wednesday, @ Bldg 8, 11 - 2

Feb. 12-15, 2004 Pipeline/Lifeline for African Americans: 50 years after Brown and 1 year after Grutter, AAHE Black Caucus and Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethic Equity, Greensboro, North Carolina http://www.aaheblackcaucus.org/first.htm

Feb. 14, 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Stetson University Law School Conference, St. Petersburg, Fla.  

Feb. 28, Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning & Lincoln Park Historical Foundation/Society, bus tour of "Historic Hot Spots in Maryland Impacted by Brown v. Board of Education:  Educational Mobile Workshop"

March 2004

March 18, 2004 at 4:00 p.m, George Washington Law School, Room L201, Professor Charles Ogletree
will speak on his new book, All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education

U Kansas Libraries Conference

March 29-30, 2004 Richmond University School of Law: Human Rights and Inequality in a New Millenium

Spring 2004

Washington DC Historical Society project on Brown v. Board of Education (with Georgetown University)

April 2004

April 1-3, 2004, University of Michigan Law School, The Equal Justice Society's Third Annual National Conference Protecting Equality: Dismantling the Intent Doctrine Healing Racial Wounds

April 2, Virginia Historical Society, Before and After Brown in Virginia

April 8-May 2, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, Judge Damon Keith's Marching Toward Justice Exhibit on Brown v. Board of Education (later to be on display at Howard University School of Law from May 17 through the summer)

April 13, at 7:00 p.m UMBC Department of American Studies, panel presentation on "Reflections on the Brown Decision: African American Experience and Schooling in Baltimore County"

April 14, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, a panel discussion: "Brown v. Board of Education: Yesterday and Today"

April 15 & 16, Georgetown University Law Center, Bolling v. Sharpe at 50: Desegregation in the District of Columbia:  Past, Present, and Future

April 15, Project Equality, Brown: Transforming the Workplace

April 14-17, National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts; "50 Years After Brown: A National Dialogue on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts"; pdf of conference agenda

April 27, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, Uri and Caroline Bauer Memorial Lecture: "Plessy, Brown and Grutter: A Play in Three Acts"

April 27, Historical Society of the DC Circuit, Mallory v. US (1957) as affected by the public fallout over Brown v. Board of Education (1954), presented by Judges Bryant and Oberdorfer.  4:30 pm, Courtoom 16, 6th floor, US Courthouse, Washington, DC

April 29, University of Maryland, College Park, verbatim re-enactment of the Brown v. Board of Education oral arguments before the Supreme Court.  Contact Mark A. Lopez (lopezma@umd.edu) or Yen Ling Shek (ylshek@umd.edu).

May 2004

April 28-May 24, Brown-related events in Topeka, Kansas

May 5, 7:00 pm UMBC History Department, Speech by Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, Pres. UMBC, "Fifty Years after Brown v. Board of Education"

Street Law, Inc. and the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society are sponsoring a one-day conference on  Brown v. Board of Education for Washington D.C. metropolitan area social studies teachers.  Details will be posted later.

May 10, "Unfinished Business:  Keeping the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education," sponsored by Institute for Educational Leadership, The Century Foundation, and The Center for American Progress

May 13, 2004 Library of Congress Exhibit on Brown v. Board of Education opens

May 13, 2004 Department of Justice, Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commemoration, in the Great Hall of the RFK Main Justice Building beginning at 2:00 PM and ending at approximately 3:00 PM

May 13-14, 2004 University of Kansas, conference on Fifty Years after Brown v. Board of Education: Social Psychological Research Applied to the Problems of Racism and Discrimination

May 15, 2004 50th Anniversary March on Washington

May 17 - 19, 2004, NYU 50th Anniversary Conference: "Brown plus 50:  A Renewed Agenda for Social Justice"

October 2004

NAME Interntational Conference