Black Law Students to Host Panel Oct. 16 at TU for 50th Anniversary of School Desegregation Case

Friday, October 10, 2003

Published on 10/10/03

To mark next year’s 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that legally ended segregation in public schools, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will sponsor “Brown v. Board of Education: A Look Back,” a panel discussion scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. It will be held in the Chouteau Room of the Allen Chapman Activity Center, Fifth Place and S. Gary, on the TU campus.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Panelists will be Martin H. Belsky, dean of the TU College of Law; Art Williams, professor of history at Langston University; Cindy Driver, education specialist at the Greenwood Cultural Center; and Julius Pegues, a local civil rights activist.

“The purpose of the discussion is to generate a healthy dialogue about the history, effects and legacy of the Brown v. Board and its impact on the Tulsa school system,” said Selim Fiagome, BLSA president.

Panelists will discuss how and if the education system has changed since that landmark case declared the “separate but equal” concept unconstitutional. In 1954 the Court ruled unanimously that the 14th Amendment rights of the Topeka, Kan., black students, which guaranteed them “equal protection under the law,” had been violated.

For more information, contact Afiya Whitman at (918) 585-1248 or afiya-whitman@utulsa.edu.