Distinguished Lecture Series
Each spring semester the History department presents its annual Hatheway History Lecture.
2013-14 Cheryl Brown Henderson
On March 26, 2014, the History Department welcomed Cheryl Brown Henderson for its ninth annual Hatheway History Lecture.
Cheryl Brown Henderson is one of the three daughters of the late Reverend Oliver L. Brown, who, along with 12 other parents led by the NAACP, filed a lawsuit against the local Board of Education on behalf of their children in the historic case Oliver L. Brown et. al. vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, et. al. Their case joined with cases from Delaware, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. on appeal to the US Supreme Court and on May 17, 1954, became known as the landmark decision. Her father Oliver Brown died in 1961 before knowing the impact this case would have on the country.
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