"From Brown to Brown: Topeka's Civil Rights Story" Bus Tours Now Available
This new bus tour maps out locations in the city linked to local and national struggles for freedom and equality. Bus tours will be available Saturday, May 25, 2013 and June 1, 2013. Click on More for complete details of the tour. More »
2013 Teacher Ranger Teacher Opportunity
During the summer of 2013, the national NPS office of history and civics is seeking a Teacher Ranger Teacher to develop lesson plans that incorporate information about the National Park Service that meet common core standards, located in Topeka, Kansas. More »
In 2004, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History presented a special exhibition, Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this major turning point in American history. Education materials along with an in-depth look at history are still available on their website at the following link: Separate Is Not Equal
The Bill of Rights Institute
"Racial Integration and Public Schools" is based on the more recent Meredith v. The Jefferson County Public Schools which challenged the policy of factoring in race when selecting whom the Louisville area school system admits to certain schools. The synopsis, resources, questions and extensions can be found at the following link: Racial Integration and Public Schools
"The Imperial Supreme Court" has students reflecting on several court cases, including Brown v. Board of Education, and asking, "Does the Supreme Court have too much power?" More information can be found at the following link: The Imperial Supreme Court
"Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases that Changed History" features in-depth studies of landmark Supreme Court cases and the enduring constitutional issues they raised. This publication explores twenty cases over six thematic units, and provides document-based questions and thematic essays that challenge students to understand the historical context, critically analyze the majority and dissenting opinions, and recognize the ongoing relevance of these issues in their lives. More information can be found at the following link: Supreme Court DBQs
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. In 2004, the Library created an exhibition titled "With an Even Hand": Brown v. Board at Fifty which commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark judicial case.
The Library of Congress is also a great resource for digital images and other resources.
Did You Know?
In 1948 when President Harry S. Truman desegregated the U.S. Armed Forces, it was an important step towards the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.--Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site More...