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University Of Virginia Experts Available For Comment On 50th Anniversary Of Brown V. Board Of Education Of Topeka

February 3, 2004 -- In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court Justices ruled, “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of separate but equal has no place.”

This year, education and legal scholars are reflecting on 50 years since that landmark ruling on May 17 in the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Here is an abbreviated list of University of Virginia experts knowledgeable about events and developments related to the decision.

History of American Education, Race, Ethnicity and Educational Access
Jennings L. Wagoner
Wagoner says, “While the legal props of segregated education have been removed and indicators of real progress are clearly visible, economic and social differences in our country continue to compromise the ideal of equality of opportunity, even half a century after that historic decision.” Wagoner, who co-authored “American Education, A History,” has followed the changes wrought by Brown v. Board of Education, from the country’s “dark period” of “massive resistance” in several states, through “a longer and brighter period of genuine striving” to realize educational equality.
Phone: (434) 924-0808

Civil Rights, Race and Politics
Julian Bond

A history professor and former civil rights activist, Bond help found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was elected to the Georgia assembly in 1965, and was denied his seat because of his statements opposing the war in Vietnam. Re-elected in 1966, he began serving after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his right to hold office. A Georgia state representative until 1974, he then served as a state senator from 1975 to 1987. Bond led a group of black delegates to the 1968 Democratic Convention where he challenged the party’s unit rule and won representation at the expense of the regular Georgia delegation. He has been chairman of the NAACP since 1998.
Phone: (434) 924-6382

Women’s Participation in the Civil Rights Movement
Holly Cowan Shulman

A research associate professor, Shulman is conducting an oral history project, interviewing the 25 surviving members of the Wednesdays in Mississippi Project of 1963-65. The project called on women — white and black, Northern and Southern, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish — to build bridges of understanding across racial and class barriers in a national drive toward racial justice. Influential women were recruited from six northern cities to travel to Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964, spending their Wednesdays in Mississippi to bear witness to the civil rights struggle there. One of those women was Shulman’s mother, Pauline Spiegel Cowan, who co-founded the project. Shulman recently donated Cowan’s notebook, which provides first-person insight and commentary on the workings of the group, to the U.Va. library. Shulman will donate her own tapes and transcripts when the interviews are complete.

Other topics include:

Civil Rights Litigation, Race
Barbara E. Armacost
Professor of Law
Phone: (434) 924-3413

Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Civil Rights, Civil Procedure, First Amendment, Supreme Court
John C. Jeffries Jr., Dean
School of Law
Phone: (434) 924-7343

Constitutional Law, Constitutional History
Michael J. Klarman
Professor of Law
Professor of History
Phone: (434) 924-3771

Constitutional Law, Higher Education, College Admissions, Students’ Rights, Bill of Rights, Civil Liberties, Affirmative Action in Higher Education
Robert M. O’Neil
Professor of Law
Director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
Phone: (434) 924-7540

Law and Education, Desegregation, Constitutional and Civil Rights Law, Supreme Court
James E. Ryan
Professor of Law
Phone: (434) 924-3572

Civil Rights, Criminal Justice
Ann Woolhandler
Professor of Law
Phone: (434) 924-4411

Race and Law, Affirmative Action, Integration, Slavery Reparations
Kim Forde-Mazrui
Professor of Law
Director, Center for the Study of Race and Law

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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