Past Event

Our Echoing Demands: The Legacies of Brown v. Board Today

This panel will investigate the aftermath of Brown v. Board, specifically its impact on public education, the feminist movement and the gay rights movement.


  • Jon Davidson is the Legal Director of Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization dedicated to the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those living with HIV. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago, USC, and UCLA law schools, where he has taught classes dealing with sexual orientation and HIV legal issues.
  • Beverly Guy-Sheftall is the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Spelman College in Atlanta. She is the author of Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought (New Press, 1995), and co-editor of Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Anchor Books, 1979), the first anthology of black women’s literature published in the U.S.
  • Gary Orfield, Professor of Education and Social Policy at Harvard University, is also Co-Founder and Director of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard. Professor Orfield has been involved with development of governmental policy and has served as an expert witness in court cases related to his research, including the 2003 Supreme Court decision to uphold affirmative action at the University of Michigan.


Barbara Ransby, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a historian, freelance writer, and political activist. She is author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (University of North Carolina Press, 2003), and serves as chair of the Advisory Board of The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council.

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