KU News Release

Jan. 6, 2011
Contact: Shawn Alexander, Langston Hughes Center, (785) 864-5044

Teachers to attend summer seminar at KU on civil rights and politics

LAWRENCE — Thirty-five teachers from across the nation will be selected to attend a seminar this summer at the University of Kansas on civil rights and politics.

The Langston Hughes Center and the Kansas Collection at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at KU are collaborating with the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, the Brown Foundation and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to host the seminar, titled “Presidential Politics, Civil Rights and the Road to Brown.”

Designed for secondary and community college teachers, the July 24-30 seminar will explore the road to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and the fight for social and political equality in the years before the modern civil rights movement.

Applications are due Feb. 1. Application information is available online.

Participants will explore the early struggle for equality at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, one of five locations of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case. They also will visit the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene and the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo. At all of the sites, the participants can gather materials to create lesson plans.

The participants also will learn from a number of experts, including plaintiffs from the Supreme Court case and Jack Greenberg, the former president and direct-counsel of the NAACP Legal and Defense and Educational Fund and a member of the legal team that prepared and argued the Brown case.

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