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Two Programs at ASU Commemorate Brown v. Board of Education Decision

BOONE–The 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling that ended public school segregation will be highlighted with two programs at Appalachian State University in March.

Scholar and author Dr. Peter Irons will present “Jim Crow’s Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision” on Monday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom.

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously declared that separate educational facilities are unequal and violate the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Based on his award-winning book by the same name, Irons’ speech will detail how efforts to desegregate schools have failed.

Irons is a political science professor and directs the Earl Warren Bill of Rights Project at the University of California, San Diego.

He received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for the book they called “a noteworthy contribution to public understanding of the American system of law and justice.”

A panel discussion led by individuals who were educators or students in schools that became desegregated following the Supreme Court decision will be held on Tuesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the student union’s Table Rock Room.

Participants will talk about their personal experiences, family views and concerns during this critical period and share their views regarding the benefits and costs of desegregation. A question and answer period will follow the discussion.

The presentations are sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Multicultural Student Development. For more information, call (828) 262-6252.