• Exterior of Brown v. Board of Education NHS, the former Monroe Elementary School, at night.

    Brown v. Board of Education

    National Historic Site Kansas

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Special Events

Legacy Walk

Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 am and 1 pm
Free

Join a Park Ranger on this two mile walk exploring Topeka's civil rights history leading up to the Brown v. Board of Education US Supreme Court decision. The namesake plaintiff in the case, Oliver Brown, attempted to enroll his daughter Linda, along with other parents who were plaintiffs in the case, in the all-white Sumner Elementary School, near their home. Instead, she was forced to attend Monroe Elementary School, one of four segregated schools for African American children in Topeka. This journey will begin at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, the former Monroe Elementary School, and end at the former Sumner Elementary School, where docents from the Brown v. Board Sumner Legacy Trust organization will provide tours, collect oral histories, and invite community members to join the conversation about future uses for the building.

 

Twitter Re-enactment of Brown v. Board of Education US Supreme Court Decision

Saturday, May 17, 2014 thru Sunday, May 18, 2014
Free on Twitter

Follow the site on Twitter @BRVB_NHS for a re-enactment of the Brown v. Board of Education US Supreme Court decision and the world's reaction. Follow #Brown1954.

 

The following 60th Anniversary activities are produced by the Brown v. Board Sumner Legacy Trust (http://www.bvbsumnerlegacy.org/), with support from the National Park Service:

Gospel Festival
Thursday, May 15, 2014
7 pm
El Shaddai MinistriesChurch, 920 SE Sherman

Join us for an entertaining and inspiring evening featuring regional acts including: Flow and Soul Project, church choirs, dance groups and readings.

Sumner Elementary School Tours, Oral Histories, and Future Uses
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9am to 6pm
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1pm to 6pm
Sumner Elementary School, 330 SW Western Avenue

Experience the place where Oliver Brown and several other parents attempted to enroll their children in their neighborhood school as part of the NAACP legal strategy to forge a case against segregation. Share your stories with staff on site to record vital oral histories and join the conversation on future uses of the school.

Smokin' Blues and BBQ
Sunday, May 18, 2014
2pm to 6pm
Sumner Elementary School, 330 SW Western Avenue

Come experience community bonding and a good time. Featuring blues bands: That Damn Blues Band and Cleveland Blue.

Did You Know?

Dr. Kenneth Clark conducting the

Dr. Kenneth Clark compiled the social science evidence cited in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education case.--Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site More...