The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research was established in 1988 to serve as a living tribute to the attorneys, community organizers and plaintiffs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision of May 17, 1954, Brown v. the Board of Education.

Our mission is to build upon the work of those involved in the Brown decision, to ensure equal opportunity for all people. Our cornerstone is to keep the tenets and ideals of Brown relevant for future generations through programs, preservation, advocacy and civic engagement.


Equal Protection of the Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the five combined cases known only as Oliver L. Brown et. al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka, (KS) et. al. was a monumental judicial turning point for this nation. The legal challenge was originally led by Charles Hamilton Houston and later Thurgood Marshall along with a formidable legal team. The Brown decision dismantled the legal framework for racial segregation.

By declaring that the discriminatory nature of racial segregation…”violates the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees all citizens equal protection of the laws,” Brown v. Board of Education laid the foundation for shaping national and international policies regarding human rights.

What the Brown decision represents is at the core of United States history and the freedoms we enjoy. It reaffirmed the sovereign power of the people of the United States in the protection of their natural rights from arbitrary limits and restrictions imposed by state and local governments. Those rights are recognized in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

What's New

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  • UPCOMING EVENT: Join us for the 2014 Brown Scholar Program in honor of Constiution Day featuring the play: Brown. Thurgood Brown Scholar ProgramMarshall and Earl Warren: A Conversation.
    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 ~ 7:00 p.m.
    Moot Courtroom
    Washburn University Law School
    17th & MacVicar, Topeka, KS
    RSVP by Sept. 15 - Call 785-670-1636
    Download the invitation here.
    Playwright: Dr. Steve Brown is the 2014 Oliver L. Brown Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Diversity Studies. He is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi, with emphasis in education law, ethics and social justice. He is producer of The WGTD Public Radio Theater. His plays include Brown. Thurgood Marshall and Earl Warren: A Conversation, On the Eighth Day: Bryan v. Darrow, and A Fireside Chat: A Conversation with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which premiered at the FDR Presidential Library in 2011.
    Earl Warren, former Governor of California, became Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1953, appointed by President Eisenhower. His efforts led to the unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
    Thurgood Marshall, was lead attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc., and presented oral arguments, before the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Brown cases, resulting in the landmark decision. Later, he was appointed by President Johnson as the first African American to serve as U.S. Solicitor followed by an appointment to U.S. Supreme Court.
  • On Friday, May 16, 2014, President Obama welcomed to the White House - plaintiffs families involved in the 5 cases comprising Brown v. Board of Education along with members of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the last living attorney from the national legal team in Brown. This event commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the case.  These civil rights pioneers had an historic opportunity to meet, greet and be recognized by President Obama.  See photos from the White House visit on our facebook page.
  • Cheryl was the keynote speaker at the Beyond Colorblind Summit on Human Dignity, March 10.  Learn more here.
  • The CAAASA 2014 Professional Development Summit, March 21-14 commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education case.  Learn more about this event here.
  • a message from the Founding President Cheryl Brown Henderson
  • the 2010-2012 Audit Reports on the Reports page
  • A current board roster is located on the Brown Foundation page.

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