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The unfinished agenda of Brown vs. Board of Education
Anderson, James, Ph. D.
Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley & Sons, [2004]

Physical Description:
xxxiv, 222 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
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"Landmarks in civil rights history."
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Black issues in higher education.
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Praise for The Unfinished Agenda of Brown V. Board of Education

""My father, Oliver L. Brown, for whom Brown v. Board of Education is named, was a proud member of a group of a few hundred people, across the country, who took risks by taking a stand for what they believed. He died in 1961, just seven years after the case, so he didn't live long enough to know that Brown would become the foundation on which so much of this country's civil and human rights initiatives would rest.
Brown v. Board became important for every citizen, not just African Americans. It shows that the founding documents of our country provided us with sovereign rights that cannot be restricted by state and local governments. That decision impacted the lives of women, persons with disabilities, blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, and everyone living in this country.
Brown was significant in attacking the silence. It opened up a dialogue and forced the country to take on greater responsibility; we at every level had to start addressing the issue of race. In many ways, once the dialogue started, we finally began to under stand the depths of racism. This case was about gaining access to educational resources; the resources were and remain where the white children are. The Unfinished Agenda of Brown v. Board of Education is about renewing and continuing the promise of Brown.""
-Cheryl Brown Henderson, president of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence, and Research, and daughter of Oliver L. Brown, one of the thirteen plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education

Author Notes

Since its founding in 1984, BLACK ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION has been America's preeminent magazine for information on issues affecting African Americans and other minorities and underrepresented groups in our nation's colleges and universities. Black Issues in Higher Education has been at the forefront of providing vital information for the past twenty years. Leaders from academe, industry, and public policy have all come to rely on this award-winning news magazine to stay abreast of the trends and issues that go to the very core of the future of this country and its place in an ever-changing world. In 2002 Black Issues won the coveted Folio award as the outstanding educational publication in the United States. This award only attests to how well BIHE has carried out its mission of being the most reliable source for those who understand the importance of these issues.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A biweekly magazine with 40,000 subscribers, Black Issues publishes on minority issues in education from a variety of perspectives. This collection includes essays from Ogletree and Bell (whose full-length efforts are reviewed above), as well as from Washington Post columnist Juan Williams, Howard University professor of linguistics Richard L. Wright and NPR talk show host Tavis Smiley, among others. A contributor to the preface is John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor of speech, theatre and media studies Dara N. Byrne. Together, they cover the documentary history of Brown, its language, the attorneys who litigated it, the "psyche" it has helped produce in the U.S., as well as ways of "Renewing Our Commitment." (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Frank L. MatthewsWilliam E. CoxJames Anderson and Dara N. ByrneTavis SmileyKahlil G. ChismJuan WilliamsCharles OgletreeDerrick BellMary Hatwood FutrellRichard L. WrightEvelyn Hu-DeHartMarco PortalesA. Wade Boykin and James M. JonesGary OrfieldCheryl Brown Henderson
A Word from Theodore M. Shaw of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.p. ix
Commemorating Brown on the Twentieth Anniversary of Black Issues in Higher Educationp. xiii
Reflections of One Who Was Therep. xvii
Preface: Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reading The Unfinished Agendap. xxv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxix
Timeline for Brown v. Board of Educationp. xxxiii
Introduction: Brown v. Board of Education: An Unfinished Agendap. 1
1 A Documentary History of Brownp. 7
Using Primary Records to Understand Brown et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka et al.p. 7
2 The Attorneysp. 23
Never-Ending Argumentp. 25
3 The Legal Landscapep. 43
All Too Deliberatep. 45
4 A Simple Dialoguep. 61
The Potential Value of Losing Brown v. Boardp. 63
5 The Teachersp. 77
The Impact of the Brown Decision on African American Educatorsp. 79
6 The Languagep. 97
Exploring The Hidden Meanings in Plessy and Brownp. 97
7 Multicultural Impact Ip. 107
An Asian American Perspective on Brownp. 108
8 Multicultural Impact IIp. 123
A History of Latino Segregation Lawsuitsp. 124
9 The Psychep. 137
The Psychological Evolution of Black Children's Education since Brownp. 138
10 Renewing Our Commitmentp. 151
Brown Misunderstoodp. 153
Afterword: Reaffirming the Legacyp. 165
Transcript of the Brown v. Board Opinionp. 171
Notesp. 177
Contributorsp. 195
Indexp. 215