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Brown v. Board of Education:  Where Have We Been, Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Going?

Welcome to the homepage of the celebration and commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education (1954).


"We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."

Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483. 495 (May 17, 1954)

"For all men of good will May 17, 1954, came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of enforced segregation. . . . It served to transform the fatigue of despair into the buoyancy of hope."

Martin Luther King, Jr.
(from a 1960 address to the National Urban League)


[Nettie Hunt Photo] Howard University and the Howard University School of Law played historic roles leading to the decision in Brown and afterwards in realizing its promise.  The University and the Law School continue to be leaders in the ongoing struggle for social justice. This Brown@50 website and the websites of the law school and the university contain information relating to the people and the historic events leading up to and following Brown.

Howard University and its School of Law celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education by continuing their work helping to shape the continually evolving civil rights agenda by educating the public about the significance of this landmark decision, by honoring the heroes of Brown, and by engaging the current and the next generation of civil rights leaders as well as the general public in a discussion of Brown's ideals and their meaning in the world today. The School of Law was honored to host a series of lectures, intergenerational panel discussions, community meetings, and other educational projects to advance these goals. Everyone is welcome to join in this important continuing discussion.

The Howard University School of Law continues to strive to fulfill the promise of Brown through using law to work toward social justice in many areas of society including such diverse matters as criminal justice, intellectual property, voting rights, employment discrimination, and more.

We hope you enjoy your visit.

Kurt L. Schmoke, Dean, Howard University School of Law
Prof. Okianer Christian Dark, Chair, Brown@50 Project
Prof. Steven D. Jamar, Webmaster, Brown@50 Project

Photograph:  Nettie Hunt and daughter Nikie on steps of U.S. Supreme Court in 1954, Library of Congress


Special thanks to the many supporters whose financial contributions have made HUSL's celebration and commemoration a success.

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