KU conference to celebrate 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education landmark ruling

The University of Kansas will host a national conference to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed racial segregation in schools.

The conference — titled Brown v. Board at 70: Looking Back and Striving Forward — is set for April 18-19 on KU’s Lawrence campus. It also will include a tour and community discussion at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park in Topeka.

The conference will feature a leadership lecture by Sherrilyn Ifill, a lawyer and chair in civil rights at Howard University, and an address from Charise Cheney, an associate professor of Indigenous, race and ethnic studies at the University of Oregon.

The event is free and open to the public to attend, but reservations are required by April 5. People can register at the event website, which is run through KU’s School of Education and Human Sciences.


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