Remembering Brown at Fifty: The University of Illinois Commemorates Brown v. Board of Education

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Inspired by the University of Illinois's celebration of the Brown v. Board of Education decision's fiftieth anniversary in 2004, this collection addresses the significance of the Brown decision in the contributors' lives or work in education and civil rights. The book stands as a historic document in its own right, preserving the reactions of many prominent intellectuals, artists, and activists fifty years after the decision.

Contributors are Kal Alston, Margaret L. Andersen, Kathryn H. Anthony, Nathaniel C. Banks, Bernice McNair Barnett, Christopher Benson, Ed Blankenheim, Julian Bond, Orville Vernon Burton, Jason Chambers, Constance Curry, Joseph A. De Laine Jr., Mary L. Dudziak, Joe R. Feagin, John Hope Franklin, Ophelia De Laine Gona, Lani Guinier, Darlene Clark Hine, Freeman A. Hrabowski III, John Jennings, Ralph Lemon, George Lipsitz, Jim Loewen, Laughlin McDonald, David O'Brien, James C. Onderdonk, Sekou Sundiata, Christopher Teal, Nicholas Watkins, Carrie Mae Weems, Juan Williams, and Joy Ann Williamson.

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"Provides wonderful insights . . . and should inspire others to continue the struggle to achieve educational equality in the United States."—The Journal of African American History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252076657
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Orville Vernon Burton is Burroughs Distinguished Chair of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University. David O'Brien is an associate professor of art history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Introduction Orville Vernon Burton David O'Brien 1

Section I Brown: Its History and Legacy

1 The Briggs v. Elliott Legacy: Black Culture, Consciousness, and Community before Brown, 1930-1954 Darlene Clark Hine 23

2 Getting Around Brown: The Social Warrant of the New Racism George Lipsitz 38

3 From Brown to Grutter: The Diverse Beneficiaries of Brown v. Board of Education Margaret L. Andersen 64

4 Beyond School Desegregation: The Impact of Brown Laughlin McDonald 88

5 "A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste": The Advertising Council, the United Negro College Fund, and Educational Access for African Americans Jason Chambers 105

6 Success and Failure: How Systemic Racism Trumped the Brown v. Board of Education Decision Joe R. Feagin Bernice McNair Barnett 117

7 From Racial Liberalism to Racial Literacy: Brown v. Board of Education and the Interest-Divergence Dilemma Lani Guinier 149

Section II Brown and Lived Experience

8 Briggs: South Carolina's Bold Step That Led to Brown Joseph A. De Laine Jr. 185

9 About Integration: In Memory of the Reverend J. A. De Laine Ophelia De Laine Gona 193

10 My Life and Times with Thurgood Marshall John Hope Franklin 198

11 The Intolerable Burden Constance Curry 205

12 The Freedom Riders: Two Personal Perspectives James C. Onderdonk 211

13 Looking Back at the Freedom Riders Ed Blankenheim 221

14 The Middle Generation after Brown Kal Alston 224

Section III The Arts and Brown

15 Why Colored Faces in High Places Just Won't Do Sekou Sundiata 233

16 The Chance Project John Jennings 244

17 What Was Always There Ralph Lemon 253

18 Art and Integration: AnInterview with Carrie Mae Weems Carrie Mae Weems David O'Brien 262

19 Social Studies: Eight Artists Address Brown David O'Brien 269

Section IV Illinois and Brown

20 A Legacy of Firsts: African Americans in Architecture at the University of Illinois at-Urbana-Champaign Kathryn H. Anthony Nicholas Watkins 281

21 Reflections on the Brown Commemoration from a Champaign Native Nathaniel C. Banks 301

22 Reform in the Black Power Era Joy Ann Williamson Lott 307

23 Lest We Forget Richard Herman 318

24 Enforcing Brown in Sundown Towns James W. Loewen 325

Section V Public Intellectuals and Brown and its Legacy

25 Civil Rights: Now and Then Julian Bond 339

26 Reflections on Americas Academic Achievement Gap: A Fifty-Year Perspective Freeman A. Hrabowski III 358

27 Just Because of the Color of His Skin: The 1955 Lynching of Emmett Till Christopher Benson 373

28 Thurgood Marshall's Vision Juan Williams Christopher Teal 396

Epilogue Mary L. Dudziak

Brown's Global Impact 403

Notes on Contributors 411

Index 413

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