Forum to commemorate Supreme Court Decision mandating desegregation of U.S. schools

Greensburg, PA – Seton Hill University’s Education Club is proud to present "Brown +50: How Far Have We Come?" on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in Lynch Hall Auditorium on Seton Hill’s campus. "Brown + 50" will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1954 Brown v. Topeka Board of Education (U.S. Supreme Court) decision that mandated the desegregation of American schools. Scheduled to speak at the forum are: Dr. Burrell Brown, Chair of the Business and Economic Department at California University of Pennsylvania; attorney Wendell Freeland, Esq. and Dr. Edwina Vold, Professor Emerita of Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The forum is free and open to the public.

"Brown v. Board of Education was a landmark decision that has had a diverse and dramatic impact on American life," said Dr. Daniel Gray, Associate Professor of Education at Seton Hill. "The Education Club is proud to sponsor this forum that will commemorate this event in an informative and interesting way. Our speakers bring a rich history to their discussion of Brown and are excited about sharing this experience with members of the Seton Hill and Westmoreland County communities."

Dr. Burrell Brown, who holds both a law degree and a masters in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh, is the Chair of the Business and Economic Department and the Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at California University. Burrell has also operated a private law practice in Clairton and serves as one of Clairton’s solicitors. Burrell has been active in the NAACP at both the state and local levels for over 20 years and is a Commissioner on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs.

Wendell Freeland, Esq. is a practicing attorney in Pittsburgh and a member of the Executive Board of Trial Lawyers in Criminal Court Association, the Allegheny County Bar Association Committee on Opportunities for Minorities in the Legal Profession, the Board of Trustees of Westminster College and the ACLU Executive Board. A Tuskegee Airman in World War II, Freeland also serves on the Board of Governors of Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Dr. Edwina Vold is a Professor Emerita at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she served as Professor of Early Childhood Education for 19 years and as Chair of the Department of Professional Studies of Education from 1986 – 1999. Dr. Vold is widely published in the areas of early childhood education and multicultural education.

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