How Far to the Promised Land?: Civil Rights since Brown v. Board of Education

Sponsored by: The Department of African American Studies and the Northeastern Humanities Center 

In partnership with CSSH Departments of History, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology and Economics. 

Keynote Speaker: Peniel E. Joseph, Director for the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and Professor of History, Tufts University

The year 2014 marks both the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in the case of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On May 17, 1954, at 12:52 p.m., Chief Justice Earl Warren read the Court’s decision rejecting the “separate but equal” principle that had governed the Court’s treatment of “race” matters since the Plessy v. Ferguson decision of 1896. Although the Brown decision emerged specifically in the arena of education, it undercut the legal foundation on which rested the entire edifice of Jim Crow style segregation in the Southern and border states.