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last updated May 5, 2004

National Organizations

Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Presidential Commission

On September 18, 2001, Public Law 107-41 established the Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission for the purpose of encouraging and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) was founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall. Although LDF’s primary purpose was to provide legal assistance to poor African Americans, over the years its work has expanded to advocate the right of equal justice to every American. It has much information at its website, including a chronology of its work relating to Brown.


The primary focus of the NAACP is the protection and enhancement of the civil rights of African Americans and other minorities.

USC Institute for Public Service and Policy Research: Brown v. Board of Education

The USC Institute for Public Service and Policy Research has embarked on a two-year project to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1954 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court abolishing segregation in public schools.

The Brown Foundation (Washburn U School of Law)

In Pursuit of Freedom and Equality: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
This site is a resource for information and source material about Brown v. Board of Education and related topics.

Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights
The CCCR is committed to the revitalization of a progressive civil rights agenda at the national level.

History of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality)
Provides links to key civil rights events and people.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization formed in 1963 to involve the private bar in the provision of legal services to victims of racial discrimination.

SNCC 1960-1966: Six Years of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
This site covers the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from its birth in 1960 to 1966, focusing on the first six years of the movement to adequately explore such events as sit-ins, the Freedom Rides and Freedom Summer.

Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement
Organization dedicated to aiding former members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee provides a look at its programs.

Conferences, Meetings, Seminars

Academic Conferences relating to Brown -- involving HUSL

Howard University School of Law, Brown@50 Events
A calendar of events from Fall 2003 through Fall 2004 at Howard University School of Law commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

Academic Conferences relating to Brown -- non-HUSL

Howard University School of Law, Listing of Other Conferences and Events
Provides links to commemorative events and activities at other universities and organizations marking the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

Academic Conferences, generally

Jurist Conference Calendar
Listings of upcoming conferences and symposia for, and of interest to, U.S. law professors. A video camera icon indicates that a conference will be webcast.

Civil Rights Generally

Civil Rights Organizations - A Coalition of Civil Rights Organizations, A Social Justice Network
Founded by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and LCCR Education Fund, the mission of is to serve as the site of record for relevant and up-to-the-minute civil rights news and information.

Interactive Civil Rights Chronology (Yale)

An Interactive Civil Rights Chronology
A chronology of important events in the struggle for civil rights for African-Americans from 1502 to 2000. Click on a date to read about events that occurred in a particular year.

African American Odyssey: The Civil Rights Era
Library of Congress showcase for their African American collections, including links to primary source documents.

Civil Rights
Wisconsin State Law Library’s site, with links to civil rights web sites.

Civil Rights: InfoUSA
U.S. Department of State’s overview of civil rights in the United States.

The Civil Rights Movement
CNN’s site covering early civil rights efforts and the civil rights struggle in modern times, with links to related stories and sites.

Civil Rights Project, Harvard University
Mission: Renewing the civil rights movement by bridging the worlds of ideas and action. Includes current studies of residential and school segregation patterns.

Civil Rights Resources
Provides links to practice resources, codes, statutes, federal agencies, and legal publications.

Voices of Civil Rights
AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) have collected personal accounts of America's Civil Rights struggle.  There are many stories telling first person recollections of the Civil Rights movement.

Timeline of Civil Rights Events with links to resources
This resource is organized around major cases starting with Brown v. Bd and includes links to various aspects of them.

Educational Material

"The Road to Brown" (video)

This is an excellent documentary which chronicles racial segregation and the legal strategy that led to its downfall.

"They Closed Our Schools"

A documentary film about the Prince Edward County, Virginia, school case that  was consolidated with the Brown v. Board of Education case.   The documentary is due out in late 2004.

"With All Deliberate Speed" (documentary)  Due out in May 2004.

Teaching Tolerance - Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a set of materials for teaching about Brown v. Board of Education, targeted mainly at elementary and secondary school children.  It includes commentary and interviews about the meaning of Brown.

Civil Rights Teaching

This is a robust website with many resources and links to resources for teaching about civil rights.

Constitutional Rights Foundation
Constitutional Rights Foundation presents a series of online lessons marking the 50th anniversary of the Brown decision. The story of America's struggle toward equality is complex. But in its ideals, America has stood for the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

National Archives and Records Administration teaching materials

National Archives and Records Administration’s Digital Classroom
Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan: Documents Related to Brown v. Board of Education. The lesson resources include standards correlations, teaching activities, document analysis worksheet, and Brown v. Board of Education timeline.

National Education Association: Brown v. Board homepage

National Education Association, Horizons of Opportunities: Celebrating 50 Years of Brown v. Board of Education, May 17, 1954-2004
The mission of the NEA’s web site is to raise awareness about the horizons of opportunities opened up by the Brown decision, and the continuing need to make real improvements in public education today that fulfill the promise of equal opportunity to a quality education and great schools for every child.

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Law and History Kids Page

Civil Rights Law and History
The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice is responsible for enforcing the civil rights laws passed by the Congress. These pages describe the federal civil rights laws and give examples from history that led to their passage.

American Association for the Advancement of Science Human Rights Resources

American Association for the Advancement of Science: Human Rights Resources
The AAAS Science and Human Rights Program was established in 1977 to give scientists a way to help their colleagues around the world whose human rights are threatened or violated. This site provides a directory of human rights resources on the Internet.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

This organization has an article on Brown with links to educational resources as well as legal resources.  As the name implies, this organization is more of an educational resource than legal resource.

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Provided by the US House of Representatives Internet Law Library. Alphabetized and general links to national and international law sites.

Civil Rights in an Uncivil Society
University of Wisconsin’s Lecture 26 of American History 102 - Civil War to the Present, including links to related sites.

National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) was opened in 1991 at the site of the Lorraine Motel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on the human rights movement worldwide.

National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
Survivors of America’s “Bloody Sunday” massacre founded the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama to honor the courage of civil rights supporters who endured hatred and violence and died to gain the right to vote for Black Americans.

Reporting Civil Rights: Civil Rights Resources
Reporting Civil Rights collects the work of the journalists who told the story of the Civil Rights Movement, and provides links to web sites, organizations, libraries, and archives related to other aspects of the Civil Rights Movement.

Sojourn to the Past
The inspiration of a high school teacher who takes young people into the Deep South and walks the freedom trail blazed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others.

Brown Sugar and Spice
Books on Brown v. Board of Education - suitable for children

WGBH's Teachers' Domain
Special Civil Rights Collection of materials and resources for teachers including video and audio archives and other resources.

Miscellaneous Resources

Legal Giants (Biographies from HUSL)

In the Footsteps of Giants, Howard University School of Law
Each month Howard Law School pays tribute to a Howard Law alumnus who made a significant difference in the life of his or her community and a substantial contribution to the legal profession. The Law School is indebted to Dr. J. Clay Smith Jr, Professor of Law and one of the nation’s leading legal historians, who has worked tirelessly to chronicle the achievements of African-American lawyers whose courage, perseverance and unsurpassed legal skills helped to change America and the world.

PBS background information on Brown

Brown v. Board of Education, Issue: Racial Segregation in Public Schools
As part of PBS’s series on Thomas Jefferson and Enlightenment Thinking, this site provides an overview of Brown v. Board of Education as well as discussion ideas.

National Park Service Civil Rights Historic Places

We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
This National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary tells the powerful story of how and where the centuries-long struggle of African Americans to achieve the bright promise of America culminated in the mid-20th century in a heroic campaign we call the modern civil rights movement. Many of the places where these seminal events occurred, the churches, schools, homes, and neighborhoods, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and are included in this itinerary.

Nat'l Park Service - Brown sites preserved

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Located in Topeka, KS
On October 26, 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-525 establishing Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to commemorate the landmark Supreme Court decision aimed at ending segregation in public schools.

Ruby Bridges Foundation (illustrating effect of Brown)

The Ruby Bridges Foundation
This is the official web site of Ruby Nell Bridges Hall, with information and photos from the past and the present.

Questia Online Library - Brown resources

Questia Online Library - Selected Resources on Brown v. Board of Education
Provides a listing of books and other materials on Brown v. Board of Education.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
The King Papers Project is a major research effort to assemble and disseminate historical information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated.

The Rosa Parks Portal
The mission of this site is to be the web resource directory for all Rosa Parks sites online.

Powerful Days in Black and White
A gallery of the photos of Charles Moore, the photojournalist who helped document the American civil rights movement.

This list was generated by Eileen Santos, HUSL Law Library, and Prof. Steven D. Jamar, Brown@50 webmaster.

To suggest a link, please contact Steven Jamar.

updated: May 5, 2011