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Courage to Remember: Brown v Board of Education - Video

05/20/2017 7:58 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

Justice John G. Gabbert Historic Oral Argument and Lecture Series


The second historic oral argument reenactment took place in August 2011 commemorating Brown v. Board of Education (1954) 347 U.S. 483. Presiding Justice Ramirez introduced the program saying, “In 1951, sixty years ago this year, Oliver L. Brown and 12 other parents filed a class action suit against the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, seeking to enroll their children in their neighborhood schools, which were maintained as exclusively white schools by the Board of Education. They were eventually joined before the Supreme Court by parents filing similar lawsuits in three other states. The parents’ causes were vindicated by one of the most important and well known opinions ever issued by the United States Supreme Court. This historic reenactment of the oral argument in Brown will celebrate the courage and perseverance of the children, parents, lawyers, and justices in this famous case, as well as of all those who strove for liberty and equal protection in the Civil Rights Movement.”


Presiding Justice Ramirez on backdrop of Brown vs. Board of Education 17:35
Dean Rrwin Chemerinsky, Irvine School of Law 25:00
Arguments Begin 39:31

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