May 17, 2004 marks the 50th anniversary
of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision
in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas. The Court’s
decision in Brown sounded the death knell for state-sanctioned
race discrimination, striking down school segregation and abolishing
the “separate but equal” doctrine that had served
as the legal basis for state enforced segregation.
Brown is a landmark case for school de-segregation, for de-segregation
generally, and for establishing both the legal basis and political
momentum for the civil rights movement.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s
landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the New York
State Unified Court System has developed and coordinated a
series of events involving public school children, judges,
court personnel, and lawyers to organize and conduct school-based
projects, court events, and other activities celebrating Brown.
In addition, Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye will be leading celebrations
of Brown's 50th Anniversary including a statewide video conference
on April 19, 2004 with students and judges from five
judicial districts around the state; a Law Day event themed
on Brown at the Court of Appeals in Albany on April 30, 2004; and a
special commemorative event at the Bronx High School for Law
Government & Justice on May 19, 2004.
Please join the New York State Unified Court System in commemorating
and celebrating the landmark decision in Brown and in re-committing
to Brown’s vision of equality of opportunity.