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"I believe the only way to protect my own rights is to protect the rights of others." ~ President Eisenhower, 5/19/53

Abilene, Kan. - The National Archives and Records Administration and the National Park Service are teaming up to host an inspiring civil rights conference June 24-28. This event not only commemorates the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision 70th anniversary, but also dives into the broader tapestry of civil rights in America. Registration details can be found on the website.

Delve into the profound legacy of this pivotal moment that forever altered our nation's trajectory toward equality. Gain unique insights from a diverse array of perspectives, including historians, civil rights leaders, attorneys, and individuals who experienced this transformative era firsthand. Join us in collaborating with esteemed partners such as the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park and other notable institutions, as we uncover the profound impact of this historic event. 


Monday, June 24: “Setting the Stage”
Location: virtual only

Tuesday, June 25: “Legal Argument”
Location: Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum  

Wednesday, June 26: Dive deep into the Brown v. Board decision
Location: Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Park
Evening program at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum  

Thursday, June 27: Explore desegregation struggles beyond Little Rock
Location: Clinton Presidential Library and Museum 

Friday, June 28: Look “Beyond Brown”
Location: virtual only 

This event is open to the public with ticket purchase ($19.54) in a hybrid or virtual-only option. Teachers may register for free and will receive proof of attendance for in-service credit. Please confirm with your school district that this will satisfy your in-service requirement.

Registered participants will receive session details, including livestream connection, a week before the conference. Let’s honor the past, engage in meaningful dialogue, and pave the way for a more just future.

About the Eisenhower Presidential Library

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is one of 15 Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. They preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are made possible in part through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, visit