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The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research was established in 1988 to serve as a living tribute to the attorneys, community organizers and plaintiffs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision of May 17, 1954, Brown v. the Board of Education.

Our mission is to build upon the work of those involved in the Brown decision, to ensure equal opportunity for all people. Our cornerstone is to keep the tenets and ideals of Brown relevant for future generations through programs, preservation, advocacy and civic engagement.

Learn more about how you can help by making a donation.

Equal Protection of the Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the five combined cases known only as Oliver L. Brown et. al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka, (KS) et. al. was a monumental judicial turning point for this nation. The legal challenge was originally led by Charles Hamilton Houston and later Thurgood Marshall along with a formidable legal team. The Brown decision dismantled the legal framework for racial segregation.

By declaring that the discriminatory nature of racial segregation…”violates the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees all citizens equal protection of the laws,” Brown v. Board of Education laid the foundation for shaping national and international policies regarding human rights.

What the Brown decision represents is at the core of United States history and the freedoms we enjoy. It reaffirmed the sovereign power of the people of the United States in the protection of their natural rights from arbitrary limits and restrictions imposed by state and local governments. Those rights are recognized in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

What's New

Upcoming Event

The Power of Now: Voting Rights and Voter Suppression

Free Event • The Public is Welcome

 

2016 Oliver L. Brown Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Diversity Issues:

Janai Nelson, Associate Director - Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

 

Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion | Monday, October 17, 1 - 2:15 p.m.

Washburn University’s Bradbury Thompson Center on the Washburn University Campus, 1700 SW College Avenue • Topeka, KS • 66621

Download the event flyer here.

Jack Greenberg, Civil Rights Champion, Dies at 91

Jack Greenberg, a lawyer who became one of the nation’s most effective champions of the civil rights struggle, leading the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. for 23 years and using the law as a weapon in its fight for racial justice before the United States Supreme Court, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. Read more...

Fighting Against the Stronghold of Slavery - Nat Turner

A movie will be coming out soon about Nat Turner.  Nat Turner is known for the most famous uprising of enslaved people in U.S. History. Read more about him here.

Past News

  • Cheryl Brown Henderson wrote an article titled "Will we overcome?" for the American Association of School Counselors, which was published in their magazine.  Read the article here.

  • Our Music Transcends – Coming Together as one Community event on May 21, 2016 commemorated the 62nd anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education. The event featured singer songwriter Kelley Hunt and the opening performance was by the Topeka Community Choir under the direction of Deborah Rob. 

  • On  November 6, 2014, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. commemorated the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education at the twenty-eighth Annual National Equal Justice Award dinner.

  • On Friday, May 16, 2014, President Obama welcomed to the White House - plaintiffs families involved in the 5 cases comprising Brown v. Board of Education along with members of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the last living attorney from the national legal team in Brown. This event commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the case.  These civil rights pioneers had an historic opportunity to meet, greet and be recognized by President Obama.  See photos from the White House visit on our facebook page.

  • A message from the Founding President Cheryl Brown Henderson

  • A current board roster is located on the Brown Foundation page.

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