Sponsored by the Northeastern Humanities Center and the Department of African American Studies
In Partnership with CSSH’s departments of History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology & Anthropology
Thursday, February 6, 2014
4:30 p.m. in the Amilcar Cabral Center
John D. O’Bryant African American Institute
40 Leon Street
A lecture and Discussion with
Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at 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.
Events are free and open to the public