On May 16, NAACP along with civil rights organizations and members of Congress held a rally on Capitol Hill to make the promise of Brown v. Board of Education a reality for all.
In honor of the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, speakers addressed the still urgent struggle for education equity as well as the growing trend of executive and judicial nominees failing to endorse the Brown decision during their confirmation hearings. Speakers included Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
The NAACP Region 7 Director, Jonathan McKinney, spoke about why Brown v. Board is a cornerstone of our democracy. “Don’t stop marching and protesting, don’t stop educating our people…because 2020 is coming,” said McKinney.
Sariel Brookins, a member of the NAACP Youth and College, was the closing speaker. Brookins touched on the barriers black students are still knocking down every day. She stated that “segregation and discrimination have not left the American education system, they just show up in different ways.” She also took the time to thank Ruby Bridges for the revolution that she started almost 60 years ago so that young black and brown children today can call themselves alumni of historically white colleges and universities. Brookins concluded her speech by saying, “if people don’t understand that liberation for black people is liberation for all, then we’ve got a lot more work to do.”