April 30, 2020 PROGRAMMING

The Price Paid for Brown: Desegregation and the Expulsion of Black Teachers — Implications Then & Now

Part 4 of the Education and Democracy Webinar Series

Program Description:  The historic role of black educators in school desegregation efforts, the retaliation they faced as a result, and the ongoing implications as a consequence of Brown v. Board. This segment will also explore how the coronavirus—COVID-19—has further exposed the failures of public policy to bridge the cultural, technical, and economic divide in public education.

  • Tanya Clay House, JD, Senior Program Officer for Voting Rights, State Infrastructure Fund, NEO Philanthropy; Former Deputy U.S. Assistant Secretary for P-12 Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Leslie T. Fenwick, PhD, Dean Emeritus & Professor, Howard University School of Education; Dean in Residence, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • Congressman Bobby Scott, Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor; U.S. Representative for Virginia's 3rd Congressional District
  • Dr. Reg Weaver, Former President, National Education Association (NEA); Vice President, Education International (EI)
  • Cynthia Swann (Moderator), Co-Chair, African American Affairs Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association; Council Member, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association; Co-Chair, Education Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association

Additional Materials

Tanya Clay House's Presentation (PDF)

Leslie T. Fenwick's Presentation (PDF)

About the Webinar Series


Developed by the leadership of the Section's Education Committee,  this series—Education and Democracy—will explore the significance of access to quality education as a prerequisite for meaningful participation in American democracy. Building upon the U.S. Supreme Court's observation in the case of Brown v. Board of Education that "education is the very foundation of good citizenship," this series examines how education shapes democratic participation in a variety of significant ways.

Co-Sponsored by:

Division for Public Education
Standing Committee on Election Law
Center for Public Interest Law
Center on Children and the Law
Section of State and Local Government Law
The Section's African American Affairs Committee

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