v. BOARD OF EDUCATION FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY COMMISSION
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of
Established on September 18,
2001, by Public Law 107-41, the Commission was created
for the purpose of encouraging and providing for the
commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S.
Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education,
the 1954 landmark case that overruled Plessy v.
Ferguson and the doctrine of separate but equal.
Who is on the Commission
and how were they appointed?
The President, the Department
of Education, the Department of Justice, the Chief
Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Brown Foundation,
the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
selected the members of the Brown Commission. The
Commission has representatives from various federal
agencies as well as from each of the five jurisdictions
represented by the Brown decision -- Kansas (Brown
v. Board of Education), South Carolina (Briggs
v. Elliott), Delaware (Belton v. Gebhart),
Virginia (Davis v. County School Board of Prince
Edward County), and the District of Columbia
(Bolling v. Sharpe). Massachusetts is also
represented because the first legal challenge to segregated
schools was decided there in 1849 (Roberts v.
City of Boston).
in the case of Briggs v. Elliott pose with NAACP
officials, members of the Parent Organization and
supporters at Liberty Hill A.M.E. Church. Photo
reproduced by permission from Quest for Equality:
Briggs Descendants Reunion.
- Ralph Boyd, Assistant Attorney General for Civil
Rights, Department of Justice
- Gerald A. Reynolds, Assistant Secretary for Civil
Rights, Department of Education
- Cheryl Brown Henderson, President, The Brown Foundation
for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research
- Stephen E. Adams, Superintendent, Brown v. Board
of Education National Historic Site, representing
the National Park Service
- Deborah L. Dandridge, University of Kansas, representing
The Brown Foundation
- Joseph A. De Laine, Jr., Retired pharmaceutical
executive, representing South Carolina
- Robert N. Driscoll, Deputy Assistant Attorney General,
Civil Rights, Department of Justice, representing
the Attorney General
- Roger L. Gregory, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals,
representing the Chief Justice
- Dennis C. Hayes, General Counsel, NAACP, representing
- Daniel D. Holt, Director, Dwight D. Eisenhower Library,
- Dr. John H. Jackson, National Director of Education,
NAACP, representing the NAACP
- Brian Jones, General Counsel, Department of Education,
representing the Secretary of Education
- Dr. Jesse Milan, President, Kansas NAACP, representing
- Littleton P. Mitchell, Delaware NAACP, representing
- Dr. Benjamin W Robertson, Sr., Pastor, Cedar Street
Baptist Church, representing Virginia
- Josephine Robertson, Public school teacher, representing
- Carolyn N. Sawyer, President, Tom Sawyer Company,
Inc., representing South Carolina
- Theodore M. Shaw, Associate Director, NAACP Legal
Defense and Education Fund, representing the NAACP
Legal Defense and Education Fund
- H. Patrick Swygert, President, Howard University,
representing the District of Columbia
- Charles H. Toliver, IV, Judge of the Superior Court
of Delaware, representing Delaware
- Lacy Ward, Jr., Vice President of Marketing and
Communications, Tuskegee University, representing
- Dr. Roger Wilkins, Professor of History and American
Culture, George Mason University, representing the
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Dean Michael K. Young, Dean and Lobingier Professor
of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, George Washington
University, Law Center, representing the Chief Justice
How will the 50th anniversary
of Brown v. Board of Education be commemorated?
- Writing Contest(s)
- Public Lectures
- A Call for Papers
- Reunion of the plaintiffs
and attorneys of Brown v. Board of Education,
May 13-14, 2003 in Washington, D.C.
- Textbook Summit
- National Brown v. Board
of Education/No Child Left Behind Conference
in Washington, D.C. in January 2004
- National celebration of Brown
v. Board of Education and opening of the Brown
Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas on May 17, 2004
When will the Commission
- The first meeting was held
on November 13, 2002 in Washington, D.C.
- The second meeting was held
on March 27, 2003 in Boston, Massachusetts.
- The third meeting will be
held on June 4, 2003 in Columbia, South Carolina.
- The fourth meeting will be
held on October 30, 2003 in Wilmington, Delaware.
- The fifth meeting will be
held in January 2004 in Farmville, Virginia.
- The sixth meeting will be
held in March 2004 in Topeka, Kansas.
Is there an opportunity
for the public to participate in Commission activities?
Yes, the public is welcome
to attend all scheduled Commission meetings, the public
lectures and the national celebration.
Where can I obtain additional
information regarding the Commission or attending meetings
and other public activities?
The Brown Commission website
is currently under construction. For additional information,