Historical Zoom webinar Monday to mark 67th anniversary of Brown v. Board ruling
Descendants of principals in two court cases that were predecessors to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision will speak at a virtual webinar being held using Zoom on Monday, the 67th anniversary of that ruling.
The event begins at 6 p.m. and is open free of charge to the public.
It is titled, "Before Brown v. Board: A look at Dred Scott v. Sandford and Plessy v. Ferguson."
To register, go online to http://savingplac.es/BeforeBvB.
The Brown Foundation, Washburn University School of Law, the Shawnee County Historical Society and the Preservation Leadership Forum of the National Trust for Historic Preservation are partnering to put on Monday's event.
Guest speakers will be Lynne Jackson, president of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation;
Keith Plessy, president of The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation; and Phoebe Ferguson, executive director of the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation.
Moderators will be Janet Thompson Jackson, professor of law at Washburn University School of Law, and Leslie Canaan, senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Monday's event is aimed at helping participants broaden their understanding of circumstances regarding the decision the Supreme Court issued in the Brown v. Board case on May 17, 1954. That ruling banned racial segregation in schools.
Jackson is an ancestor of Dred Scott, an enslaved Black man who sued unsuccessfully seeking freedom for himself, his wife and their two daughters in a case decided by the Supreme Court in 1857.
Plessy is a relative of Homer Plessy, and Ferguson is a descendant of Judge John Howard Ferguson, the principals in the 1896 Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson, which established the doctrine of “separate but equal” treatment of Blacks in the United States. The Brown v. Board decision reversed the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling.
Participants in Monday's webinar will also hear an update on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's campaign to convince federal officials to designate additional federally maintained historic sites linked to the Brown v. Board case.
Lawsuits filed in the District of Columbia and four states, including Kansas, were consolidated into the Brown v. Board case, for which Topekan Oliver Brown was the lead plaintiff.
The National Park Service maintains one historic site linked to the Brown v. Board case. That is the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, opened in 2004 at the former Monroe School at 1515 S.E. Monroe, which played a role in the case.
That site is closed because of COVID-19.