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Brown v. Board of Education 70th Anniversary

2024 is the 70th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Commemorate this milestone with FREE resources from Humanities Kansas.

In 1954, the United States Supreme Court unanimously overturned the “separate but equal” doctrine in America’s public schools and declared racially segregated schools unequal and unconstitutional. In 2024, HK will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision with new Speakers Bureau topics, grant opportunities, and Big Idea online presentations exploring the legacy of this landmark decision. These resources are available to all Kansas nonprofit organizations. 

Speakers Bureau
Grant Opportunities
Big Idea
Women of Brown Traveling Exhibition

Book a FREE Brown v. Board of Education 70th Anniversary Speakers Bureau Presentation

HK’s Brown v. Board of Education 70th Anniversary Speakers Bureau features four topics:

Browse the Brown v. Board Speakers Bureau Catalog 

Book your 2024 presentations today. Visit HK’s Speakers Bureau catalog to get started. Contact Abigail Kaup, HK Program Officer, for more information or call 785-357-0359.

Apply for a Grant for Your Brown v. Board of Education Project

In recognition of the 70th anniversary, HK encourages grant applications for projects exploring the local impact and legacy of the Brown v. Board of Education decision across Kansas. Apply using the existing Humanities for All and Culture Preservation guidelines and be sure to address how your project enhances the themes of Brown v. Board of Education in your project narrative. 

2024 Grant Deadlines:

  • February 26, 2024
  • May 27, 2024
  • September 23, 2024

Contact Leslie VonHolten, HK Director of Grants and Outreach, at 785-357-0359.

Attend Free Big Idea: Brown v. Board of Education 70th Anniversary Online Events

The 2024 season of the Big Idea will explore the history and legacy of the 70th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision. Each month, January through May 2024, the featured Big Idea scholar participates in an online discussion moderated by historian Dr. Valerie Mendoza. 

All events take place at noon central time. Visit HK's Calendar of Events to register. 

January 12, 2024
“Will We Overcome? Brown at 70”
Cheryl Brown Henderson, Founding Director of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity 
Read Cheryl Brown Henderson's Big Idea Essay
Watch Cheryl Brown Henderson's Big Idea discussion

February 9, 2024
“The Women of Brown”
Donna Rae Pearson, Collection Development and Museum Specialist at the Kansas Historical Society 
Read Donna Rae Pearson's Big Idea Essay
Watch Donna Rae Pearson's Big Idea discussion

March 15, 2024
“Beyond Brown: Mexican Struggles for Equality Before and After Brown v. Board
Valerie Mendoza, historian 

April 12, 2024
“Let's Start Here”
Poet Michael Kleber Diggs

May 10, 2024
“The Power of Photography in the Civil Rights Era”
Photographer Ann Dean 

Book the Women of Brown Traveling Exhibition

women of brown title panel

The Women of Brown traveling exhibition elevates the stories of the 12 Black women who were plaintiffs in the 1954 Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision. Presented by The Roads Consulting with the support of an HK Humanities For All grant. 
For more information and to book the exhibition, contact:
Donna Rae Pearson

Brown v. Board of Education 70th Anniversary activities are made possible with support from: 

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