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Brown sisters to mark 50th anniversary of court decision, April 17

Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughters of the lead plaintiff in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court case, will deliver a keynote address at a conference Saturday, April 17, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the court decision.

The Brown sisters will speak at 3 p.m. in the Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room. They are the daughters of Oliver Brown, a minister who was the first parent listed in the lawsuit when it was originally filed in Topeka, Kan.

The conference, titled "Brown v. Board of Education: 50 Years Later, Why Are We Still Separate and Unequal?," is being convened by the Princeton Justice Project, a student group. Members have organized individual speakers, panels and debates to examine the progress of the public education system over the last 50 years.

Brown v. Board of Education is a landmark case that explicitly outlawed segregated public education facilities, ruling so on the grounds that the doctrine of "separate but equal" public education could never truly provide black Americans with facilities of the same standards available to white Americans.

The conference, scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Frist, is co-sponsored by the Princeton student publication Idealistic Nation, the Pace Center for Community Service, the Black Student Union and the Education Research Section of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

For more information, visit the Princeton Justice Project Web site .

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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