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Brown v. Board of Education, 60 Years Later: “Does Brown Matter? What Difference Did It Make?”

Brown v. Board of Education, 60 Years Later: “Does Brown Matter? What Difference Did It Make?”

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Sixty years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that segregation made schools “inherently unequal” and had no place in education in the 20th century. This landmark ruling found that segregation violated the 14th Amendment and eventually brought about the end of Jim Crow laws.

Today, the racial landscape in America looks very different: an African-American man is president, yet riots rage in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Experts will discuss the importance of the Brown decision and the segregation that remains embedded in schools, housing and voting rights.

Panelists include:

Elise Boddie, Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers University, and former director of litigation, NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund;

Judge William F. Kuntz, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York;

David Steiner, Klara & Larry Silverstein Dean of the School of Education, Hunter College and Director of the CUNY Institute for Education Policy. The conversation will be moderated byAnthony Browne, Chair of the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Hunter College.

Roosevelt House board member Joel Motley, the son of Judge Constance Baker Motley, who wrote the original complaint in the Brown case and who was the first African-American woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, will introduce the program.