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Remembering Brown at Fifty

The University of Illinois Commemorates Brown v. Board of Education

Original interpretations of Brown v. Board of Education's impact, fifty years later

Inspired by the University of Illinois's celebration of the Brown v. Board of Education decision's fiftieth anniversary in 2004, this collection addresses the significance of the Brown decision in the contributors' lives or work in education and civil rights. Several authors describe their personal roles in the Brown case or similar cases, while others examine and illustrate events, performances, and exhibitions that were part of the anniversary commemoration. The book not only explores the repercussions of the Brown decision, but also stands as a historic document in its own right, preserving the reactions of many prominent intellectuals, artists, and activists fifty years after the decision.

Contributors are Kal Alston, Margaret L. Andersen, Kathryn H. Anthony, Nathaniel C. Banks, Bernice McNair Barnett, Christopher Benson, Ed Blankenheim, Julian Bond, Orville Vernon Burton, Jason Chambers, Constance Curry, Joseph A. De Laine Jr., Mary L. Dudziak, Joe R. Feagin, John Hope Franklin, Ophelia De Laine Gona, Lani Guinier, Darlene Clark Hine, Freeman A. Hrabowski III, John Jennings, Ralph Lemon, George Lipsitz, Jim Loewen, Laughlin McDonald, David O'Brien, James C. Onderdonk, Sekou Sundiata, Christopher Teal, Nicholas Watkins, Carrie Mae Weems, Juan Williams, and Joy Ann Williamson.

"Provides wonderful insights . . . and should inspire others to continue the struggle to achieve educational equality in the United States."--The Journal of African American History

"Reveals that Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was a major victory in the struggle for social justice and justifiably deserving of much celebration."--H-Net Reviews

"A valuable book that serves as both a fitting tribute and a careful examination of the Brown v. Board of Education decision after a half century. The touching and moving recollections help us understand the human impact the Brown case had on the 'ordinary' folks."--William C. Hine, coauthor of The African-American Odyssey

Orville Vernon Burton is Burroughs Distinguished Chair of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University and the author of The Age of Lincoln and other works. David O'Brien is an associate professor of art history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of After the Revolution: Antoine-Jean Gros, Painting, and Propaganda under Napoleon.

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