Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow will deliver the 2011 Centennial Lecture, "In Brown's Wake: Reassessing the School Equality Landmark," at 3:30 p.m. on April 12 in the Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street (between Clinton and Jefferson streets) in Chicago. The lecture is free and open to the public.
What is the legacy of Brown vs. Board of Education? While it is well known for establishing racial equality as a central commitment of American schools, the case also inspired social movements for equality in education across all lines of difference, including language, gender, disability, immigration status, socio-economic status, religion, and sexual orientation. Yet more than a half century after Brown, American schools are more racially separated than before, and educators, parents and policy makers still debate whether the ruling requires all-inclusive classrooms in terms of race, gender, disability, and other differences.
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