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Announcement :: Education : Organizing : Race
Defend Brown v. Board
22 Nov 2006
Defend Brown v. Board: Kozol and Orfield to speak Nov. 4, March on Washington Dec. 4
On December 4, the Supreme Court will hear its first cases in a decade regarding integration – Meredith v. Jefferson Country Public Schools and Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District. The ruling in the Louisville and Seattle cases could potentially negate Brown v. Board by making desegregation programs, and potentially affirmative action programs at the higher education level, illegal.

In response, the Office of Student Affairs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University are presenting a panel discussion on the cases on Tuesday, November 28 at 6 pm in Askwith Hall. Entitled “Challenge to Brown v. Board: Will the Supreme Court Force Schools to Resegregate?”, the panel will be preceded by a reception at 5 pm in the Eliot Lyman Room. Participants include Erica Frankenberg, researcher at the Civil Rights Project, Liliana Garces, Counsel of Record for the Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court, Jonathan Kozol, educator and author of The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America, Jean McGuire, Executive Director of METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity), and Gary Orfield, Professor of Education and Social Policy at Harvard University and Director of the Civil Rights Project.

In addition, the Student Coalition for Justice at HGSE, whose mission is to promote awareness of the positive effects of integration in education and the existing racial inequality in schools and society, will participate in the National March on Washington on December 4. The coalition, in co-sponsorship with METCO, IDEA (International Development Education Association), the Black Law Students Association (Harvard Law School) and ALANA (The African, Latina (o), Asian, Native American Association), will leave on December 3 and return to Cambridge December 4. Those interested in getting on the bus with the coalition may contact wadhwaan (at) gse.harvard.edu. More information on the march is available at bamn.com.

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