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Members of the Afro-American Heritage Center Commemorate

60th-Anniversary of Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka


"Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in the performance of our most basic public responsibilities, even service in the armed forces. It is the very foundation of good citizenship. Today it is a principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training, and in helping him to adjust normally to his environment. In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms." --U.S. Supreme ourt Chief Justice Warren May 17, 1954


Black/White & Brown with Dr. Sudduth 


April 14, 2014

Rock Island, Illinois


As the 60th-Anniversary of the Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka approaches, members of the Afro-American Heritage Center is hosting the documentary Black/White & Brown – Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka at the main Rock Island Public Library Community Room Saturday May 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. This presentation is free and open to the public.


According to Films for the Humanities and Sciences, “Myths, misconceptions, and the march of time have obscured the true origins and legal details of Brown v. Board of Education.”  This documentary is the framework of Parental Involvement and should be of interest to anyone who considers themselves a stakeholder in the education of all children but especially disenfranchised children of today’s public education.


Following the approximate 60-minute documentary and discussion, Dr. Charletta Sudduth, Waterloo Community Schools Administrator, researcher and former adjunct professor will present “How to Reach Disenfranchised Populations.”


Dr. Sudduth completed her doctoral studies at the University of Northern Iowa and conducted her research entitled Our Voices: A Descriptive Account of African American Parental Involvement in an Urban Elementary School.  Dr. Sudduth also co-authored The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics in White Families in the Jim Crow South.


Founded in 2006, the purpose of the AAHC is to provide public educational forums –at little or no cost– based on American history from the Afro-American perspective.




Learn More:


National Park Service

Brown Foundation



Black/White Brown Flyer

NAACP - Davenport, IA