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For BvB Sumner Legacy hosted events, please visit our  Event page.

For a printable schedule of events, please click here.

See pictures from the 60th Anniversary weekend here!


Gospel Festival, Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7pm  <<Printable Flyer>>

Join us for an entertaining and inspiring evening featuring regional acts including: Flow and Soul Project, church choirs, dance groups and readings.

El Shaddai Ministries
920 SE Sherman


Monroe Kindergarten, Friday, May 16, 2014 , 11 am

Governor Brownback and Congresswoman Jenkins Commemorate 60 Years of Desegregation and Dedicate New Kindergarten Exhibit

Topeka, KS – Governor Sam Brownback and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins will commemorate 60 years of desegregation in public education and dedicate the park’s newly refurbished kindergarten classroom Friday, May 16, at 11a.m. at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will highlight the important role Topeka played in the fight to desegregate schools leading up to the 1954 Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision and will be held on the steps of the historic Monroe school.

Joyce Scott Grigsby, local NAACP chapter president, will share her experience of growing up in Kansas when Jim Crow legislation was the law of the land. Joining her will be Lena Martinez and Morgan Michner, area high school students from the park’s Youth Advisory Council discussing their experience growing up in a post-Brown world. The Williams Magnet School Kindergarten Choir will be on hand as well to honor the event with a song.

The event will mark the public dedication of the park’s new kindergarten classroom. This 1954 modeled exhibit was refurbished by the park to meet the community’s request for a representative classroom from a pre-Brown world. The park historian and staff worked closely with teachers and the state archives to design a room that accurately represented Monroe Elementary’s.

Brown v Board National Historic Site


First Lady Michelle Obama, Friday, May 16, 2014, 5pm

The First Lady will be coming to Topeka for a special senior recognition event to celebrate the 60 year anniversary  of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision.

Kansas Expocentre (Tickets required)


Legacy Walk, Saturday, May 17, 2014, 10 & 1pm <<Printable Flyer>>

Walk from Monroe Elementary to Sumner Elementary, reversing the path Linda Brown travelled before the Supreme Court ended segregation in Topeka and the Nation’s schools.

Two-hour ranger-led walk. Wear comfortable shoes. Return transportation will be available.

Brown v Board National Historic Site


Sumner Tours, Oral Histories, Future Use, Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9am-6pms

Join us to take a look at the building where the case began. Share your stories with staff on site to record vital oral histories and join the conversation on future uses of the school.

Sumner Elementary School
330 SW Western Avenue


 Brown Foundation Banquet, Saturday, May 17, 2014, 7pm

 The Brown Foundation offers a tribute to the seminal events of the Civil Rights Movement. Commemorate the 60th Anniversary with celebrity host Carl Boyd, speaker Danny Strong and keynote speaker Carolyn Maull (McKinstry).

Ramada Inn & Convention Center (Tickets Required)

Twitter Re-enactment of Brown v. Board of Education US Supreme Court Decision

 Follow the  site on Twitter @BRVB_NHS for a re-enactment of the Brown v. Board of Education US Supreme Court decision and the world's reaction.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 thru Sunday, May 18, 2014

Free on Twitter


Sumner Tours, Oral Histories, Future Uses, Sunday, May 18, 2014 1pm—6pm

Join us to take a look at the building where the case began. Share your stories with staff on site to record vital oral histories and join the conversation on future uses of the school.

Sumner Elementary school


Smokin’ Blues and BBQ, Sunday, May 18, 2014 2pm—6pm <<Printable Flyer>>

Come experience community bonding and a good time. Featuring blues bands: That Damn Blues Band and Cleveland Blue; BBQ

Sumner Elementary school



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A note from the City Councilman Nathan Schmidt:

Kansas was founded and organized as a battleground over civil rights. The New England Emigrant Aid Co. brought settlers here in the hopes of gaining statehood as a free state. John Brown and Bleeding Kansas followed. Kansas was also the destination for the Exodusters fleeing the south during Reconstruction. Shortly after the Civil War a strong movement for women's suffrage was begun herein Kansas led by Sam Wood and Susan B. Anthony. While defeated initially, Kansas became the 8th state to grant full suffrage in 1912 after suffrage for municipal elections was secured in 1887. Carrie A. Nation redecorated many saloons here which invigorated the temperance movement that served as the spearhead for the national women's rights movement of the early 20th century. Kathryn O'Laughlin was one of the earliest female members of congress in 1933, Susanna Salter was the first female mayor in the United States. Arthur Capper pioneered the treatment of physical disabilities, the Menninger family is the first family of mental health treatment. All of these actions and movements led to the Brown v. Board decision. That decision remains one of the most important civil rights decisions in this country and is seen globally by many as one of the most important civil rights decisions in the world.

To highlight all of this history we are organizing a civil rights celebration that will include music, theater, the arts, historical tours and participatory activities as well as a series of discussions on civil rights issues we face today. Contacts have begun to invite various local, state, and national voices from the present and the past to discuss all aspects of civil rights from segregation, to slavery, to civil rights in sports, politics, war etc. We hope to make this a very large discussion of civil rights issues as well as a discussion of our past and where we go from here. We hope to integrate the rebirth of the Sumner School, the school that started Brown v. Board, into this as a continuing center for work on global civil rights issues. Most of all however we are trying to reestablish a pride in our identity as a city of consequence, a city unafraid to face the most difficult issues of our or any time. Topeka holds a unique place in history as the national conscience, the place where tough realities are addressed and our future direction is defined. It is a story that needs to be more than told, it needs to continue to be lived. May 17, 1954 is the date that the Brown v. Board decision was handed down by the US Supreme Court. 2014 is also the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.


Brown vs. Board 60th Anniversary