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The Legacies and Significance of Brown v. Board of Education

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the influential Supreme Court decision that overturned the educational system of racially segregated schools.  In this seminar, a leading expert on the legal history of educational policies and a longtime public school history teacher will offer their well-informed assessments of how the legacies of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas continue to affect public education, race relations, and political conflicts in the United States. What has changed since 1954, what has stayed the same, and what new challenges have emerged since that era? We’ll explore these questions with a fact-based analysis and then expand the discussion with a panel of North Carolina educators who will offer additional perspectives on the polarizing educational issues of our own time. 


What has Happened to School Desegregation Since the 1950s? 

John Charles Boger, Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus 

How Have Legal Changes and Funding Policies Effected Racial Equity in North Carolina’s Public Schools? 

Rodney D. Pierce, Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Northampton County 

How has the Supreme Court Decision of 1954 Changed or Failed to Change American Society? 

A discussion with our speakers and a special panel featuring

  • Mebane Rash, CEO and editor-in-chief, EducationNC
  • Deborah L. Stroman, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Founder, Center of Sport Business and Analytics
  • Michael Williams, Consultant and Founder of Black on Black Project



DATE & TIME:  Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 9:00am – 12:30pm

COST: The tuition is $65 to attend in person or $30 for virtual viewing. Light refreshments will be served.

LOCATION: Kenan Conference Center

*In-Person Registration for this event closes on May 3 at 3pm**

Register online or by calling 919-962-1544.


UNC Students can attend for free, space permitting, and pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for multiple-seminar or first-time purchases, members of Carolina Alumni, UNC faculty, & staff. For more information about discounts and registration policies, visit our General Information page, here

Current K-12 teachers may attend one in-person Weekend Seminar for free tuition (optional meals not included), and any additional in-person seminars for a 50% tuition discount. To apply for free in-person tuition for this seminar, the following information to

  • First & Last Name
  • School Email
  • Alternate Email
  • School Name
  • Hometown

Current K-12 teachers interested in receiving a complimentary virtual viewing registration for this seminar can apply here. Teachers receive .3 CEUs post-attendance.

Participants will receive an email with venue and background information about 1 week before the program.


May 4
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Kenan Conference Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Kenan Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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