Multiple city orgnizations partner to commemorate Brown vs. Board … – Topeka Capital Journal

It has been more than 60 years since the Supreme Court ended “separate but equal” schools with the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision. This year, cosponsors plan to create a special musical festival to commemorate the decision and Topeka’s prominent role in the modern civil rights movement.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, the musical festival “Voices of Freedom: Now is the Time” will take place in the 700 block of S. Kansas Avenue downtown. The festival will feature a variety of performances, including folk, blues, gospel and rock, interspersed with poetry and other readings.

Kelley Hunt, a native of Kansas City and an acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, will headline the festival, with additional performances by Maria the Mexican, Isaac Cates &Ordained and Injunuity.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this event that celebrates this pivotal supreme court decision,” said Hunt in a news release. “Brown v. Board’s legacy is woven permanently into the fabric of our society and songwriters historically have sought to raise their voices and our collective consciousness on the great social issues.”

The Brown Foundation, formally known as the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, GO Topeka and Washburn University have gathered a number of partners to create Voices of Freedom, a free, family-friendly musical event. Other partners include Capitol Federal Bank, Westar Energy, the Mulvane Art Museum, jhP Advertising, Sonic Music and the Washburn University Foundation.

“Topekans have marked the Brown v. Board decision every May since 1954,” Cheryl Brown Henderson, founding president of the Brown Foundation, said in a news release. “But we’ve never really incorporated music into such an ambitious celebration of both the milestone and the role the city and its citizens played in helping to end legal racial segregation.”

Henderson also said she feels this anniversary gives the foundation the perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich mix of cultures in Topeka, which she said “we could celebrate best through music.”

Bruce Mactavish, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Washburn University, also said that the university felt this festival would be a great opportunity to educate residents of Topeka about the cultural significance of the decision.

“From its founding, Washburn University was determined to offer educational opportunities to the underserved — particularly women and African-Americans,” Mactavish said in a news release.

“We agreed that it was time that more people in the community understood the history of this decision and how it’s connected with Topeka.”

S. Kansas Avenue will be blocked off for the event, and the stage will be set with the Kansas Capitol building for a backdrop.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs so they can relax and enjoy the music, which is expected to last until 7 p.m. Alcohol won’t be permitted within the festival area.

For information, visit the Voices of Freedom event Facebook page.


Uso de cookies

Uso de cookies y política de privacidad: Este sitio web/blog utiliza cookies para que usted tenga la mejor experiencia de usuario. Si continúa navegando está dando su consentimiento para la aceptación de las mencionadas cookies. Pinche el enlace para mayor información. Nuestra política de cookies, pinche el enlace para mayor información.plugin cookies

Aviso de cookies