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January 8th, 2014

Brown v Board of Education Events Planned

Kevin White, a member of the Brown v. Board of Education 60th Anniversary Committee, addresses those gathered for the kickoff event at SUNY Orange in Newburgh, NY.
NEWBURGH – On Thursday, December 19, 2013 at SUNY Orange Newburgh, Ramona Burton, Chair of the Brown v. Board of Education 60th Anniversary Planning Committee, announced “Brown60,” a community wide initiative in collaboration with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Arrangements Concierge, Black History Committee of Mid Hudson Valley, Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh, City of Newburgh Human Rights Commission, Mid-Hudson Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., Newburgh Highland NAACP, SUNY New Paltz Black Studies Department, SUNY Orange Liberty Partnerships Program, TEAM Newburgh, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

The purpose of the “Brown‘60” initiative is to organize and present a series of public programs and events in the City of Newburgh commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education, which unanimously held that segregation of children in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment.  The initiative serves to create dialogue to raise the awareness and provide information and analysis about Brown v. Board’s historical origins and its significance to understanding issues and concerns in today’s society. 

In her commencement speech to Bowie State University graduates, First Lady Michelle Obama stated, “more than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 50 years after the end of ‘separate but equal,’ when it comes to getting an education, too many of our young people just can’t be bothered. Today, instead of walking miles every day to school, they’re sitting on couches for hours playing video games, watching TV. Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they’re fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper. Recognizing that there is still so much work to do the First Lady acknowledged that today, one in three African American students drop out of high school, and only one and five African Americans between the ages of 25 and 29 have received a college degree.”

“Brown60” community wide events will be held throughout 2014.  For more information on upcoming events and how you and/or your organization can connect with “Brown60,” please visit our website at:
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