March 15, 2004

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Contact: KU Spencer Research Library exhibition features Brown v. BOE attorney

KU Spencer Research Library exhibition features Brown v. BOE attorney

LAWRENCE -- The papers of the late Charles S. Scott, a Topeka attorney who participated in the 1954 landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka U.S. Supreme Court decision, are featured in a collection exhibition at the Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas.

The "Kansas Champion for Justice" exhibition of Scott's papers and other memorabilia from his career as a civil rights advocate continues through April.

The Kansas Collection in KU's Spencer Research Library acquired the Charles S. Scott papers in 1988 as part of an ongoing program to document the African-American experience in Kansas and the region. Scott's papers include a variety of materials that relate to his many personal and professional activities in Topeka, and in his profession, especially for the period from 1951 to 1984.

Charles Scott, with his brother, John Scott, and their law partner, Charles Bledsoe, first argued the case before the federal district court in Topeka in 1951. Charles Scott later was selected by his Topeka colleagues to represent the Kansas case before the U.S. Supreme Court. After the Supreme Court ruled in favor of abolishing segregation in the schools, Scott received offers from leading firms in the nation but chose to remain in Topeka to continue his advocacy of justice and equal rights for his fellow Kansans.

The Spencer Research Library is located at 1450 Poplar Lane, north of Strong Hall on the KU campus. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed Sundays and holidays.

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