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


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With: Georges C. Benjamin Executive Director, American Public Health Association; Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health 2010-2011Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP(E), FNAPA, Hon FRSPH, is the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He previously was the secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, from 1999 - 2002 following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services. For the last 20 years he has been actively practicing public health at the local, state, and national level with expertise in the areas of emergency preparedness, administration and infectious diseases. Dr. Benjamin serves as publisher of the field's premier journal, the American Journal of Public Health, The Nation's Health Newspaper and the APHA's timeless publication on infectious diseases, the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual.Theodore Brown Professor, Department of Health Sciences University of Rochester Medical CenterTheodore Brown is a historian of medicine, public health, and health policy. He has conducted research on the history of the biopsychosocial approach and on translational medicine; the history of twentieth and early twenty-first century U.S. health policy; the influence of organized philanthropy on medical research, health policy, and medical education, and the history of American and global public health. He is a Contributing Editor for History of the American Journal of Public Health.Clay Bennett Editorial Cartoonist, Chattanooga Times Free PressClay Bennett is an American editorial cartoonist. Currently drawing for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Bennett is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

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.