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Conference marks anniversary of segregation ruling

March 14, 2004

FREDERICK, Md.- A national conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, which declared racial discrimination in public education unconstitutional, will be held at Hood College from Thursday through Sunday.

The conference, "Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Unfinished Business of Brown v. Board of Education," includes a series of speakers and panel discussions, historical exhibits, African-American focus tours of Frederick, book signings and entertainment.

Julian Bond, former chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will be the keynote speaker at an evening awards banquet Saturday.

Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy Award-winning African-American female a cappella ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Hood's Coffman Chapel. The Morgan State University Choir will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Coffman Chapel. One ticket for each of these performances is included with the conference registration.

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Additional tickets may be purchased for $15 each. Nonconference participants also may purchase tickets to these events for $15 each.

The Color of Justice, a theatrical performance of the story of Linda Brown, Thurgood Marshall and the fight for justice, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. One ticket is included with registration and additional tickets may be purchased from the Weinberg Center.

Registration will be available each day of the conference in Hood's Whitaker Campus Center Atrium. The registration cost is $75 and includes access to most conference sessions and entertainment events.

For more information, visit www.hood.edu/brownvboard on the Web or call 301-696-3573.

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