Sandra Day O’Connor Institute
DIGITAL CONSTITUTION SERIES
A LANDMARK CASE:
BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION
On Thursday, January 28, the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute will present the next public forum in its digital program Constitution Series. The landmark case Brown v. Education will be topic and Cheryl Brown Henderson will be the Guest Speaker. Myles V. Lynk, the Guest Moderator, is Professor Emeritus of Law and the Legal Profession at Arizona State University. The online event is complimentary and will air at 1 p.m MST.
Cheryl Brown Henderson is one of the three daughters of the late Reverend Oliver L. Brown who in the fall of 1950 along with 12 other parents in Topeka, Kansas and led by NAACP attorneys, filed suit on behalf of their children against the local Board of Education.
Their case joined with cases from Delaware, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.c. on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and on May 17, 1954, became known as the landmark decision; Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. Reverend Brown died in 1961 before knowing the impact this case would have on the nation.
Ms. Brown Henderson is the Founding President of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, and principal of Brown & Associates, an educational consulting firm. She recently published Recovering Untold Stories: An Enduring Legacy of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision.
The Constitution Series was launched by the Institute in 2020 to convene civil dialogue and foster solutions. the series hopes to broaden perspectives and increase understanding through thoughtful listening, mutual respect and shared purpose. On the contemporary relevance of the Constitution, Justice O’Connor stated in a 2008 interview;
“It’s survived very well, I think. … To have a good government and maintain a good government, every generation has to learn about the Constitution and the laws. That way, every generation can provide good citizens who will understand our form of government and participate by voting and other ways. It’s critically important that we learn about it, and you don’t inherit that knowledge, you have to learn it.”
Founded in 2009 by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the O’Connor Institute For American Democracy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3), continues her distinguished legacy and lifetime work to advance American democracy through civic engagement, civics education and civil discourse.