Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board: Organizing for Educational Justice for All

Across the country there are public actions this week “to reaffirm the promise of racial justice in our nation’s schools” on this 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education 1954 Supreme Court ruling. Find the actions in your community on the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools website.Teaching for Change is co-sponsoring the Washington, D.C. event on Saturday, May 17 at John Philip Sousa Middle School. The other D.C. event planners and sponsors are the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) Local 6, Council of Chief State School Officers, D.C. Jobs with Justice, Empower DC, and Many Languages One Voice.

The location for the event is historically significant because the Sousa desegregation case, Spottswood v. Bolling, was decided by the Supreme Court on the same day as Brown v. Board.

In early 2000, DCPS teacher Elizabeth A. Davis (now president of WTU) and her students fought to have the building, a National Historic Landmark, preserved. Read more in The March on John Philip Sousa: A Social Action Project (from Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching.) Find articles, lessons, books and films for teaching about Brown v. Board here.

Learn more about the national events to Fulfill the Promise here.

For more information on the DC event at Sousa, contact dstreet@wtulocal6.net or daniel@empowerdc.org.