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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

Lindsey Buscher 3 years, 11 months ago

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

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ferrislives 3 years, 11 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.

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RogueThrill 3 years, 11 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.

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ivalueamerica 3 years, 11 months ago

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

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vanguard3 3 years, 11 months ago

Whitey is evil, always been. He owes my people. Whitey would be nuthin without the sweat and toil of my forefathers. His whole society be based on cheap labor. He needs reminding every day for the 400 years of injustice he shown to people of color. Post racial society, sheeeeeeeeeit. We got a black man in the White House and all you white boys are gonna git $hit rubbed in yo face. Parkinson be my boy, Holmes. He good and he gittin my vote.

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oskiejackie 3 years, 11 months ago

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

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 11 months ago

Good move, governor. We are still reaping the benefits from this decision, and struggling with the consequences. If nothing else, Brown v. Board kicked-started the southern states' efforts to avoid public education for the 'right' kids and began the decline of the public schools in some areas; the turn-around has been slow, let me tell ya. Other areas, who took the challenge seriously, are working hard to educate all children and helping them learn to get along with others when they are young. I wonder what the mural might look like?

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 11 months ago

Good move, governor. We are still reaping the benefits from this decision, and struggling with the consequences. If nothing else, Brown v. Board kicked-started the southern states' efforts to avoid public education for the 'right' kids and began the decline of the public schools in some areas; the turn-around has been slow, let me tell ya. Other areas, who took the challenge seriously, are working hard to educate all children and helping them learn to get along with others when they are young. I wonder what the mural might look like?

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