Events Planned to Honor 50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of EducationOGDEN, Utah – In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. Board of Education, which led to the desegregation of public schools, Weber State University is planning a series of events that reflect on the case and its legacy.
Activities this semester will culminate with an address by Juan Williams, National Public Radio commentator and Justice Thurgood Marshall biographer, at 10 a.m. April 13 in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.
"The court's decision had major ramifications for the education system in this country, but it also affected society in general," said Forrest Crawford, professor of education and WSU's assistant to the president for diversity. "It is a major factor in creating the multicultural society we have today."
Crawford and Jack Rasmussen, dean of the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education, decided to work with student groups and existing campus events to promote awareness of the Brown legacy. Activities include speakers, displays and book discussions. Crawford said some WSU faculty are incorporating a historical look at desegregation into their courses this spring.
Rasmussen said Brown's profound impact affects every WSU student preparing to become a teacher. "It has brought about the diverse classrooms that we see in our schools today and has contributed to the belief that for a teacher education graduate to be effective he or she must be able to meet the learning needs of all students in that diverse classroom," he said.
Visit weber.edu/diversityoffice.xml for more information and a list of events.