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CalendarsFollowing is a list of events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education by the New York State Unified Court System as well as selected Brown commemorative events around New York State. Please also refer to links to other sites for additional Brown commemorative events and information.
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February 2: “The Lawyers Who Tried and Argued Brown.” Columbia Law School. For more information visit:

February 9: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit - Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse - Opening Reception: “Marching Toward Justice” a photographic exhibit detailing key moments in African-American legal history since the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868. The exhibit will be displayed at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse, 40 Foley Square, through April 1.

February 10: “President Clinton’s Address” Columbia Law School. For more information visit:

February 11: Judicial Friends of Queens County: Symposium: “Linking the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education to the Affirmative Action Debate” 5:30 - 8:30 P.M. St. John’s University School of Law in the Atrium, Union Turnpike and Utopia Parkway.

February 24: “America Before Brown” Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 101 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. For more information visit:

February 26: 12th Judicial District Mock Trial - “Brown v. Board of Education” Bronx High School for Law, Government, and Justice

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March 5: 10th Judicial District Mock Trials and Brown Presentations; Northport and Central Islip High Schools, New York State Bar Association and Touro Law School

March 8: Robert Jackson Center, Jamestown, New York, 12:00 Noon Professor James T. Patterson of Brown University will speak regarding his book Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone - A Troubled Legacy. Contact 716-483-6646 for information or visit

March 25: Columbia Law School, 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103: The Mystery of Brown, Professors Jack Greenberg, Richard Delgado, Michael Dorf, John Hope Franklin, Kendall Thomas, and Richard Goldstone, former Justice, the Constitutional Court of South Africa will explain why so many scholars believe that Chief Justice Earl Warren’s opinion in Brown was wrong on the history, evidence, and jurisprudence, but the outcome was right.

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April 1: Columbia Law School, 6:30 - 8:30 P.M. Jerome Greene Hall, Room 101 Equality: Further Issues, Cesar Perales, President and General Counsel, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, Dennis Parker, Assistant Attorney General in Charge, Civil Rights Bureau, New York State Department of Law, Kathy Rodgers, President, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, will discuss what Brown meant for racial, ethnic, and group movements and its relevance to the Civil Rights struggles of today.

April 16-17: Syracuse University will host a daylong program, “Brown Through the Ages: A 50-Year Commemoration of Brown v. Board of Education.” The program, which will be held in Hendricks Chapel, will include panel discussions on the cross-disciplinary significance of Brown, and shared reflections on the lived experience of the decision. The day will culminate with a keynote address by sisters Cheryl Brown Henderson and Linda Brown Thompson, the named plaintiffs in the Brown case. Syracuse University will further demonstrate its commitment to the principles underlying Brown through a community service activity at the Southwest Community Center on Saturday, April 17. Both events are free and open to members of the public. For more information, visit:

April 19: New York State Unified Court System Video Conference and Web Cast with Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, First Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, Theodore M. Shaw, Legal Director, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Administrative Judges and high school students from the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Tenth Judicial Districts, 12:00 Noon - 2:00 P.M. New York County Supreme Court, 60 Centre Street, New York, NY

April 30: New York State Unified Court System’s Law Day Celebration. Theme: Brown v. Board of Education, New York State Court of Appeals, Albany, New York

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May 3: Bronx County Courthouse: Law Day Celebration Commemorating Brown v. Board of Education

May 6: HS Moot Court Competition elimination rounds from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Bronx County Courthouse, 861 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York. The program will be held at the Bronx Supreme Court. On May 6th the elimination rounds will be held in room 707.

May 11: New York State Office of Court Administration Employee Lunch and Learn Program Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education. The Hon. George Bundy Smith, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, will share his Reflections from the Brown Era and its Aftermath. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in room 1106 at Beaver Street. Court employees may also view the presentation from RTP, Cohoes, or ESP4. Court employees, please e-mail Melanie Sue to sign up.

May 11: HS Moot Court Competition final round from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by an awards ceremony with speaches and a reception. At the awards ceremony we will announce the winners of: the HS Moot Court Competition, the Junior high school essay contest, and the elementary school contest. Bronx County Courthouse, 861 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY. On May 11th, the final round will be held in room 711 and the awards ceremony and reception will be held in the rotunda. The contact person is: Lily Marquez-Auston of Judge Esposito's chambers.

May 14: 8th Judicial District Commemoration of Brown v. Board of Education, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon, City of Buffalo Common Council Chambers. The program will be presented to 330 city and suburban high school students from Western New York and will discuss Brown as well as the Buffalo de-segregation case, Arthur v. Nyquist. Panel members will include the Federal District Judge who presided over the Buffalo case as well as attorneys and litigants from both sides. It is hoped that the program will serve as a catalyst to create a continuing dialogue between city and suburban schools, as well as an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of our court system.

May 17: 12:30 - 1:30 in the Hall of Justice, Rochester. Students from the Law Academy, John Marshall HS (Rochester) will hold a discussion on the Brown v Board of Education decision. The discussion will take the format of a news broadcast. The students represent the STAR (Students Talk About Race) program.

May 17: Judicial Friends of Queens, Reception and Symposium: “Brown at 50 and the Impact of the Legacy of Segregation.” York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11451

May 17-19: Brown Plus Fifty: A Renewed Agenda for Social Justice, for information visit

May 19: New York State Unified Court System Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Bronx High School for Law Government and Justice, 255 East 162nd Street (between Sherman and Grant Avenues).

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