February 17, 2014

Jeanette Grider

'Remembering the Legacy: Brown v Board of Education'

Event Details: 7:00 p.m., February 20, Center for Global Citizenship

Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson, children of the family represented by the 1954 NAACP-sponsored case against the Board of Education of Topeka, Kan., will be the guest speakers at "Remembering the Legacy: Brown v. Board of Education - 60 Years Later" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in SLU's Center for Global Citizenship, 3672 West Pine.

Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson

The Brown sisters will discuss the experiences of the families who stood with the NAACP as plaintiffs and share the stories of the community organizers and attorneys who orchestrated the legal challenge to end racial segregation.

The Brown sisters also will speak at noon Friday, Feb. 21, in the 12th floor pavilion at the Saint Louis University School of Law, 100 N. Tucker Blvd., as part of the Civil Rights Symposium, sponsored by the Black Law Students' Association, and the Sustainability and Urban Development Student Group.

The keynote presentations are sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center, Saint Louis University School of Law, Center for Global Citizenship, Division of Mission and Ministry, Center for Service and Community Engagement, the Office of Academic Affairs and the African American Studies Program

For more information, contact LaTanya Buck, director of the Cross Cultural Center, at (314) 977-2119.

For questions regarding the Civil Rights Symposium, contact Lisa Taylor, program director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Outreach for Saint Louis University School of Law, at (314) 977-4571.

About Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson

The Rev Oliver Brown Family

Linda and Cheryl are two of the three daughters of the late Rev. Oliver L. Brown, who along with twelve other parents led by the NAACP, filed suit against the local Board of Education on behalf of their children. Upon appeal to the United States Supreme Court, the Topeka case became the lead case among five legal challenges under consideration by the court. Oliver Brown died in 1961 before knowing the impact of this landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, which bears his name - Oliver L. Brown et. al. vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, et. al.

Linda Brown Thompson has been a Head Start teacher and at one time taught private music lessons in piano. She is currently a Program Associate with The Brown Foundation and serves as a member of the music department at one of the Methodist churches in Topeka, where she has chaired several project committees.

Cheryl Brown Henderson has been a sixth grade teacher, university guest lecturer, school guidance counselor, state educational administrator and is currently President and CEO of The Brown Foundation. She has been a member of numerous professional and civic organizations, and presently serves on several local, state and national boards. She is past chair of Women Work, a national network that represented some 15 million women nationwide who were seeking career assistance and employment in non-traditional fields.

In 1988, along with her co-worker, Jerry Jones, Cheryl Brown Henderson established The Brown Foundation. In 1990, the Foundation worked with the United States Congress to develop legislation, resulting in the establishment of the Brown v. Board of Education National Park. The Park opened in 2004 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Brown decision. It is located in Topeka at the site of one of the four formerly segregated African American schools. This was also the elementary school attended by their mother, two of the Brown sisters, Linda and Terry, and prior to the school's closing in 1975, Cheryl began her teaching career there in 1972.

The Brown Foundation shares office space with the National Park Service in this building which now contains interpretive exhibits and annually welcomes nearly 50,000 visitors including visitors from over 20 countries around the world.

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