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Washburn Commemoration of Brown v. Board 65th Anniversary on May 17

The Washburn University School of Law Diversity Committee, along with The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence, and Research, is sponsoring “Speak Your Truth,” a commemoration of the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education on Friday, May 17 at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the Washburn campus. A social hour with cash bar will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

The event will feature remarks by Shannon LaNier, a 9th generation direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman. He is co-author of the Random House Inc. book “Jefferson's Children: The Story of One American Family,” along with photojournalist Jane Feldman. The book follows his journey to uncover the history behind his heritage.

LaNier co-anchors CW39's “Morning Dose” in Houston. Previously, he hosted “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily culture and entertainment series that aired on BET's sister station, Centric.

Senator Anthony Hensley, ’75, who sponsored legislation in 2006 for the Brown v. Board of Education Mural that was unveiled on the 64th anniversary at the Kansas Capital building, and Michael Young, artist of the mural, will receive awards at the event.

Tickets can be purchased for $35 through May 8 on the Washburn Law website.


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