Archive for Monday, May 17, 2010

Parkinson signs bill promoting creation of ‘Brown v. Board” mural in Statehouse

Gov. Mark Parkinson signed a bill on the anniversary of the landmark case.

May 17, 2010, 7:54 a.m. Updated May 17, 2010, 10:51 a.m.

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— Gov. Mark Parkinson today marked the anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board ruling by signing a bill to put a mural about it in the Statehouse.

Gov. Mark Parkinson on Monday makes comments before signing bill setting up plans for a mural commemorating Brown v. Board decision. Supporters of the measure were on hand for the signing.

Gov. Mark Parkinson on Monday makes comments before signing bill setting up plans for a mural commemorating Brown v. Board decision. Supporters of the measure were on hand for the signing.

Parkinson said that historically Kansas has always been pivotal "in the struggle for equal rights."

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that segregated schools were unconstitutional. A Topeka case, titled Brown v. Board of Education, was the lead plaintiff in the consolidation of cases from several states that challenged segregation.

Senate Bill 54 sets up a 12-member commission to draft a plan for a mural, which will be financed with private funds.

Supporters of the project hope to have the mural in place within one or two years. After the mural is done, the commission will make decisions about future Statehouse renovations.

Katrina Robertson, president of the Johnson County NAACP, said the mural will allow visitors to the Capitol to celebrate and reflect upon the impact that the Brown decision had on the country.

Comments

weeslicket 5 years, 2 months ago

i really don't think you should be calling mr. getto names. really, now.

weeslicket 5 years, 2 months ago

oskiejackie: let the national association for the advancement of colored people pay for it

......... just wanted to let that goose egg lay our there a little while longer..........

ivalueamerica 5 years, 2 months ago

It is amazing people come out with pro-segregation arguments still today.

RogueThrill 5 years, 2 months ago

Nowadays it isn't so much that people want segregation - in fact, it's the opposite. Segregation is the alternative minorities choose when they decide not to become as white as everyone else and drown everything in Mayonnaise.

You either labor to be as white as you can or you had best confine yourself to ghettos until we can figure out what to do with you. There is no happy middle ground.

ferrislives 5 years, 2 months ago

So what is your argument against a mural of Brown vs. Board of Ed. oskiejackie? I think we'd all like to hear the truth from you, because you are coming across as a racist hokie from Oskie.

thatonedude 5 years, 2 months ago

A celebration of something of national significance occurring in Kansas is B.S.?

Lindsey Buscher 5 years, 2 months ago

Ah how cute, the mindless conservitard, pull a cord and repeat Sarenn Becklin talking point.

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