The American Civil Liberties Union observes the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling with a conversation that explores equal educational opportunities and new barriers to the “promise of Brown” in the 21st century.

Thursday, May 15, at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

Speakers include Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education; Dennis Parker, director of the ACLU Racial Justice Project; and Laura Murphy, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office.

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Co-sponsored by the Afro-American History Society and the Afro-American Newspapers.

Image: Judgment, Brown v. Board of Education, 05/31/195, National Archives Identifier 301669

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision to outlaw segregation in our nation’s schools.

Photo: Thomas J. O’Halloran. School integration, Barnard School, Washington, D.C., 1955. Gelatin silver print. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

On this day in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered the unanimous ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. Segregation in schools was considered a violation of the 14th Amendment. #Brownat60

"No kid, no matter their skin color or their parents’ socioeconomic status, should be stuck in a substandard school and denied options. That should not have been the case in 1954, and it should absolutely not be the case today."

- George Parker (Former President of the Washington Teacher’s Union and Senior Fellow at StudentsFirst)

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Brown V. Board of Education

WASHINGTON, DC (MAY 16, 2014) — The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (NAACP LDF) marked the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education with a special luncheon at the National Press Club. The event, which celebrated the 60th anniversary of what is today acknowledged as one of the greatest Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century, featured remarks by the Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, and was emceed by MSNBC host, Karen Finney.

In addition, there was a conversation with the Honorable Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts and the Honorable L. Douglas Wilder, Former Governor of Virginia, moderated by award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, one of the first two African-American students to integrate the University of Georgia.

Cecilia Marshall, widow of NAACP LDF founder Thurgood Marshall, was honored with the NAACP LDF’s Spirit of Justice Award for her commitment of service to her community and the pursuit of justice and equality for all. Also recognized at the event was Jack Greenberg, who successfully argued Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court alongside Thurgood Marshall and went on to serve as LDF’s second Director-Counsel.

“The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education ushered in a modern America that must grapple honestly with the promise of equality and opportunity for all of its citizens,” said Sherrilyn A. Ifill, NAACP LDF’s President and Director-Counsel. “NAACP LDF pioneered the Brown case and today we continue to fight inequality in every walk of life – where we live, where we work and where we learn.”

“Since 1940, LDF has performed critical work to rally Americans from all backgrounds to the unifying cause of justice – standing on the front lines of our fight to guarantee security, advance opportunity, and ensure equal treatment under law,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in his remarks today.

“Your enduring legacy is written not only in the words of seminal legal opinions, but in the remarkable, once-unimaginable progress that so many of us have witnessed even within our own lifetimes.”