2004 Winter/Spring Edition
50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
How do today's adolescents see desegregation as having shaped where
they are today? After dozens of years, a couple of generations and
an information age later, a bright group of Brooklyn teens responded
in spoken word, performance acting, chanting and the best "edu-tainment"
this side of the Hudson in May. With a $5,000 grant from the Tiger
Baron Foundation, headed by CCHR Commissioner Grace Lyu-Volckhausen,
the Commission, in partnership with the Brooklyn Children's Museum
and the Department of Youth and Community Development, provided
guidance to a diverse group of high-school students - teaching them
about the historic 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education,
that ruled racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
from CCHR/museum program perform “Looking Back Flying Forward”
in front of a mural created by their peers commemorating the historic
1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Attorney Paul E. Labossiere and Human Rights Specialists Sandra
Costen and Pearl Cheng led lectures and interactive exercises, including
discussing and analyzing documentary film clips, historical decisions,
legal correspondence, exhibits from the Brown case, and 50's and
60's era reaction throughout the media. The Commission explored
with them how this decision made 50 years ago is still impacting
their lives today.
Students created this mural using copies of old photographs, legal
documents, and newspaper clips reflecting the impact of Linda Brown’s
journey in Topeka, Kansas and the 1954 landmark Supreme Court case
Brown v. Board of Education.