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Washburn Law presents Brown v Board at 60 Looking Back Looking Forward Symposium on February 27

Washburn University School of Law’s Center for Law and Government and the Washburn Law Journal are hosting Brown v. Board at 60: Looking Back - Looking Forward, a day-long symposium celebrating and discussing the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision. The event will be held on Thursday, February 27, at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the Washburn campus. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

“Given the pivotal roles that Washburn Law graduates played in the litigation that led to this remarkably significant Supreme Court decision, it is only fitting for us to host a group of prominent scholars to mark this milestone anniversary,” said Thomas J. Romig, dean of Washburn University School of Law. 
The symposium will convene a diverse group of national experts who will present thoughts and reflections regarding the historical context, present-day implications, and broad impact of the landmark decision. The day will begin with a presentation on the legacy of the Brown decision by Cheryl Brown Henderson and will also feature Jack Alexander, a retired local public official, talking about his experiences as a black student in the Topeka schools during that era.  Three panels of national and regional lawyers and academics will discuss the topics “The Life of Brown” - the original case as well as its re-opening in the 1980s, “Race and Education Today,” and “Contemporary Race Issues – Confronting Inequality in the 21st Century.”

Following the panels, those present will enjoy a private inaugural tour of the Contemporary Reflections: Brown v. Board after Sixty Years exhibit at the Mulvane Art Museum on campus.  The day will end with a tour and reception at the Brown v. Board National Historic Site.

The event is provided free of charge as an educational undertaking by Washburn Law with support from the Kansas Humanities Council.  Detailed information about the event, specific topics, and speakers is available at Those who plan to attend are asked to register at that website.

For more information, contact Shawn Leisinger, Director of the Centers for Excellence at Washburn University School of Law at 785.670.2462 or