Brown v. Board of Education – Context and Legacy
May 17, 2004 marked the 50th anniversary of the unanimous Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed segregation in public education. In commemoration, Maryland Humanities launched the special Initiative, Brown v. Board of Education – Context and Legacy. Maryland Humanities partnered with nearly 40 cultural, historical, educational, legal and community organizations from all over Maryland.
Initiative highlights included an expanded Speakers Bureau, a magazine exploring Brown and the Civil Rights movement in Maryland, a student essay contest, Brown-related grants, a traveling exhibition based on oral history interviews about desegregation in Frederick County in central Maryland, broadcasts on Maryland Public Television, lectures and a curriculum guide developed by Prince George’s Community College, and radio programs.
With the Brown v. Board Special Initiative – its first – the Maryland Humanities reached almost 400,000 people in Maryland.