Brown v. Board anniversary celebration activities share stories that often go untold

It’s been 65 years since the historic Brown vs. Board of education decision was made, ending school segregation. The anniversary celebrations started last Friday, May 10, and will go through Saturday, May 18.

The festivities kicked off with a symposium featuring 11 people who lived in Topeka during the case.

There’s been art displayed and plays, along with historic bus tours. On the bus tour you’ll see and learn about the Sumner school.

Councilwoman and Sumner Legacy Trust board member Karen Hiller says recognizing that part of the story is important, too.

“The Sumner School is just sitting in a neighborhood, rotting,” Hiller said. “We want to bring that back, we worked collaboratively with a church for a while, we wanted the building totally brought back and brought alive. To bring that mission forward and bring that story, to look at the past and also bring the story forward.”

If you haven’t caught a bus tour yet, there are few chances on Saturday to do that.

There’s tours at 11:00 a.m, 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. starting from Brown v. Board National Historic Site, at 1515 SE Monroe. Those tours are free.

Click here for a list of the other events happening to finish out the celebrations.

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