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Brown Plus 50: A Call For Papers

by TC Record - May 16, 2002

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 48 years ago in Brown vs. Board of Education that separate educational facilities for black and white students are inherently unequal. Today, we focus forward two years to the upcoming 50th Anniversary of this landmark ruling. TCR announces a call for papers for a special issue commemorating a half-century of progress and disappointments in school desegregation policy. This call is in conjunction with the NYU Metro Center's call for paper presentations for its May 2004 "Brown Plus 50" conference.

May 17, 2004 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in one of the most significant cases of the 20th Century: Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. In ruling that “separate but equal” schools for black and white students have no place in public education, the Supreme Court’s Brown decision arguably did more to change the field of education than any other single act of law.  Indeed, this decision opened the door for hundreds of court cases, federal and state legislation, and district directives aimed at dismantling years of racial segregation and inequality in public schools. The extent to which those mandates were adequately implemented and the extent to which they succeeded in achieving the goal of providing equal educational opportunity are widely debated. 


Now, half a century later, as so much of the legal and administrative apparatus that supported school desegregation policy is being dismantled, the Teachers College Record, in collaboration with New York University’s Metro Center, is seeking the most important scholarship to date on the legacy of Brown. NYU’s Metro Center has been tracking the progress of Brown since 1974,and in May 2004, the Center will host the “Brown Plus 50” conference in New York. .


Thus, TCR and the Metro Center are jointly issuing this call for papers both for the “Brown Plus 50” conference and a special TCR issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown decision. Papers submitted to TCR for this issue will simultaneously be considered for paper presentations at the NYU conference. The collection of papers will be published in both the print and on-line versions of TCR in time for the anniversary. 


The following is a list of the types of papers in which we are most interested:


  1. Empirical papers that provide new insights into the history, impact or meaning of school desegregation policies
  2. Legal analyses of the impact of the Brown ruling in light of legal developments over the last decade in particular
  3. Commentaries or memoirs by policy makers, educators or students who were affected by the Brown decision
  4.  Theoretical manuscripts that help make connections between Brown, school desegregation and broader social, political and educational themes related to race and inequality.


The deadline is March 2003. Please submit papers on-line via the TCR website. The TCR editor in charge of this special issue is Amy Stuart Wells.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 16, 2002
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