Brown v. Board of Education Events at CLS


In the middle of the 20th Century, a band of lawyers at the NAACP LDF, led by Thurgood Marshall, came together to fight for the civil rights revolution. On May 17, 1954, they received a victorious ruling in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, which declared that "in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal' has no place." Jack Greenberg (CC '45, Law '48), a Columbia Law School professor and key member in the NAACP LDF for thirty-five years, as well as a number of Law School graduates, were among the attorneys who successfully argued the case.

Five decades later, Columbia University and the NAACP LDF will revisit this groundbreaking decision, explore the events leading up to the ruling, and discuss its continuing impact on society.

The year-long anniversary celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, commenced during Black History Month, and will continue through December 2004. 

All events are open to the public. 

Lawyers for the NAACP LDF (left to right):
Louis L. Redding, Robert L. Carter, Oliver W. Hill, Thurgood Marshall, Spottswood W. Robinson III, Jack Greenberg, James M. Nabrit, Jr., and George E. C. Hayes.
Not photographed: Harold Boulware and Charles Scott


Brown v. Board of Ed. Links:

General Information
Inaugural Event: The Lawyers Who Argued Brown (Feb. 2, 2004)
Address by Former U.S. President William J. Clinton (Feb.10, 2004)
America Before Brown (Feb. 24, 2004)
The Mystery of Brown (March 25, 2004)
Equality (April 1, 2004)
Fairness and Equality in Criminal Justice (April 14, 2004)
Brown and the Law of Other Nations (Oct. 21, 2004)


Additional Background Materials:

News Feature: Participants Look Back on Historic Brown v. Board of Education
Photo Gallery of First Two Brown v. Board of Education events