Blacks Against Brown: The Black Anti-Integration Movement in Topeka, Kansas, 1941-1954

Featuring Charise Cheney, Wayne Morse Resident Scholar and associate professor in the UO Ethnic Studies Department.


October 6, 2016 - 7:00 pm


October 6, 2016 - 8:30 pm


142 Knight Law Center   View map

charise cheneyCharise Cheney is an associate professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Oregon and an expert in African-American popular and political culture. In this event, Cheney will discuss her research into the Black anti-integration movement in Topeka, Kansas, during the 1940s and 50s. The project documents that no consensus existed among Black Topekans over segregated schools in the years before Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. In a city that ultimately made equality synonymous with integration, local NAACP activists worked to dismantle all-black schools while many Black parents and teachers defended them as critical resources promoting economic opportunity and racial pride. This project reveals the little known local stories behind the Supreme Court case that became a national symbol of civil rights.

Cosponsored with the Black Law Students Association and UO departments of Political Science, Ethnic Studies, and the Center for the Study of Women and Society.

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