Civil Rights Conference

Brown v. Board of Education Decision 70th Anniversary

June 24-28, 2024

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

The National Archives and Records Administration and the National Park Service are teaming up to host an inspiring civil rights conference. This event not only commemorates the groundbreaking Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision but also dives into the broader tapestry of civil rights in America. As President from 1953-1961, Eisenhower served during a time of tremendous change for civil and human rights in America. The Eisenhower Administration passed the first civil rights legislation since Reconstruction and created the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The conference will welcome a host of presenters including historians, civil rights leaders, civil rights attorneys, personal stories from those who lived it, and more.

What to Expect

  • Historical Insights: Explore the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, a pivotal moment that reshaped our nation’s path toward equality.
  • Diverse Perspectives: Hear from historians, civil rights leaders, attorneys, and firsthand witnesses who lived through this transformative era.
  • Collaborating Partners: We’re proud to partner with institutions like the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, and more.

Register Today!

We welcome anyone who would like to learn more about school desegregation and Brown v. The Board of Topeka Supreme Court decision. A mixture between personal stories, academic presentations, and legal discussions, this conference is for everyone from the generally curious to the academic historian.

  • General public: Attendees may attend virtually or in-person with ticket purchase.
  • Teachers: Receive in-service credit for attending this conference. Registration is free. Please confirm with your school district that this will satisfy your in-service requirement.

Schedule Overview

Session details including livestream options will be posted in the near future. 

Monday, June 24: Setting the Stage
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, KS

Tuesday, June 25: Legal Argument
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, KS

Wednesday, June 26: Brown v. Board Decision In Depth 
Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, KS

Thursday, June 27: Desegregation Struggles Beyond Little Rock
Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock, AR

Friday, June 28: Beyond Brown
Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Little Rock, AR

    Last Revised Date
    May 17, 2024