Derrick Bell to Speak at TU March 5 Marking 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

Monday, February 09, 2004

Published on 2/9/04

Author and activist Derrick Bell will discuss “Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, in the Great Hall of the Allen Chapman Activity Center on The University of Tulsa campus. This free, public lecture will be followed by a reception.

His talk, marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in America, will be the eighth annual John W. Hager Lecture, sponsored by the TU College of Law, and the nineteenth annual Oklahoma Lecture in the Humanities, sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council with a special grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, celebrating its own 50-year milestone in 2004, is also a lecture sponsor.

Bell has been credited with advancing the study of race and racism as a legal issue. At the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, he supervised more than 300 school desegregation cases including getting James Meredith into the University of Mississippi. He is as well known for being the first black tenured professor at Harvard Law School as he is for resigning in protest of the school’s lack of women of color on the faculty. He served as the first black dean of the University of Oregon Law School, but resigned in protest when the university refused to hire an Asian-American woman for the law faculty. Bell is currently a visiting professor of law at New York University.

For more information, contact Jane Kolesnik at (918) 631-3320 or