NASA LANGLEY CELEBRATES HISTORIC DECISION
A half-century ago, the Supreme Court agreed with a black welder
from Topeka, Kansas, that his children shouldn't have to walk
through railroad switching yards, ride a bus for 30 minutes, then
wait outside an all-black school for another half-hour before the
doors opened. Especially when an all-white school was a six-block
walk from their home.
In celebration of this landmark Supreme Court decision, NASA
Langley's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs will host a
reenactment of the Brown vs. Board of Education case at 2:30 p.m.,
Friday, Feb. 27, at the Center's H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.
Media Briefing: Media are invited to attend the presentation
at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., NASA
Langley Research Center. Interested media should contact Kimberly
W. Land at (757) 864-9885 or 344-8611 (mobile) to arrange for
The program, titled Marching Towards Justice: Remembering the
Road to Brown v. Board of Education, is a 90-minute living
history program that presents the compelling history of the
African-American struggle to obtain the equal rights guaranteed to
each American citizen under the U.S. Constitution.
Presented by "On Myne Own Tyme Living History Company," the
program uses visual images and narration to recount this compelling
history. It features live performances of early African-American
spirituals and music from the modern Civil Rights Movement.
"People of all races and nationalities in this country should
know that we enjoy our current level of civil rights in part due to
countless African American families, like the Brown family, whose
strength, courage and sacrifice may never truly be recognized,"
says Janet Sellars, co-advisor of Langley's Diversity Awareness
Committee. "This is our small way of paying homage to them."
For more information about the Office of Equal Opportunity
For more information about On Myne Own Tyme Living History
Company, contact Larry Earl Jr. at (313) 623-6813.