NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- It's been 50 years since the case of the century: Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. To mark the civil rights milestone, the Bethel College community will hear research attorney Douglas T. Shima and Washburn University law professor William Rich speak on the topic in convocation at 11 a.m., Friday, May 7 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center on the campus in North Newton. Admission is free and open to the public. Their presentation honors this year's theme for the American Bar Association's Law Day-Win Equality by Law: Brown v. Board of Education at 50. May 17 will mark the 50th anniversary of the case.
"Brown is heralded as the case of the century and is clearly one of the greatest decisions by the United States Supreme Court," says Shima, a 1991 Bethel College graduate. "A civil rights milestone that struck down legally imposed school segregation, Brown began a new era in America's long march toward racial equality."
Shima is a research attorney for Judge G. Joseph Pierron of the Kansas Court of Appeals in Topeka. Rich is a professor of constitutional law at the Washburn University School of Law. They will discuss the history of the Brown case. Their presentation will also look at the activities in Topeka on May 17, which include the opening of the Monroe Elementary School as the Brown v. Board National Historic Site.